Friday Noon Study Group

April 13, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

January 17, 2020, 12-1

Last Friday, we officially began our discussion of the prefatory material and first two chapters of Rabbi David Wolpe’s Why Faith Matters. Among other issues, we 1) shared some ideas to Wolpe’s question, “Can I believe that we all live in the presence of God?”; 2) got into the difficulties of defining terms like “faith” or “religion”; 3) talked about believing in something that could not be proven empirically; 4) discussed what we perceived as “miracles” as they appeared in everyday observation; and 5) discussed “What inclines us to believe?”:  fear, impulse to responsibility, genetics, wonder, and need for relationship (with community and/or God).

This Friday, we will begin with some of our personal responses to questions Wolpe poses toward the end of Chapter 2 (p. 37):  “Why are we here?  Why is anything here?” and we’ll also discuss Wolpe’s claim that “each of us has a specific call from God” (from p. 212 of the Study Guide).  Then we’ll talk about Ch. 3 (“Does Religion Cause Violence?”) of Why Faith Matters.  Expect some lively discussion.

Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1 in the CBI Library.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. Why Faith Matters is available on a variety of internet outlets.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at

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