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 six lecture, Rabbi Sacks explains why faith survives.

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is Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth. His books include The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning, and
The Dignity of Difference.