October 29, 2015

Reith Lectures: "The Persistence of Faith"

The BBC commissions the annual Reith lectures and broadcasts them on BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service to edify the public. In 1990, Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks delivered a series of six lectures over the span of six weeks examining religion and ethics in a secular society:

» The Environment of Faith (Nov 14, 1990)
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In this first lecture, Rabbi Sacks argues that religion is the best moral framework for society.

» The Demoralization of Discourse (Nov 21, 1990)
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In this second lecture, Rabbi Sacks explores how objective standards influence people's ethics.

» The Family (Nov 28, 1990)
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In this third lecture, Rabbi Sacks discusses the religious institution of marriage in society.

» Paradoxes and Pluralism (Dec 5, 1990)
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In this fourth lecture, Rabbi Sacks examines the language of religion and community.

» Fundamentalism (Dec 12, 1990)
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In this fifth lecture, Rabbi Sacks assesses the mix of religious revival and nationalism.

» A Community of Communities (Dec 19, 1990)
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In this sixth lecture, Rabbi Sacks explains why faith survives.

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was Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth for 22 years. He is now the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University and the Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University. He is also Professor of Law, Ethics and the Bible at King’s College London. His books include The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning, The Dignity of Difference, and his latest, Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence.