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Rationality: Another look

This month, we are returning to the topic of the rationality of religion. It’s easy to see this topic as segmented off for those who struggle with the fundamental questions of religious life, but it’s really for and about all of us. There’s no one in this world that doesn’t struggle to make sense of the challenge of life. Rationality isn’t just about the thirteen foundations of faith or Spinoza, but it is also about what we do with a world that doesn’t seem to make sense, and with our own struggle to find meaning and sense in all of the complex vagaries of life. We’ll be speaking to Jeff Bloom, Steven Rhode Gotlib, Shalom Carmy, and Malka Simkovich, as we try to make sense of the making sense of life, in our return to rationality for another look at making sense in a senseless world.

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