College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks

Information on Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks' lecture, entitled 'Why Does Faith Survive?'

Event details

Lecture title: Why does Faith Survive?

Date: 17 November 2008, 5.30pm

Venue: Playfair Library, Old College, South Bridge

Booking for this lecture is essential.


The Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks will deliver a single Gifford Lecture in the University of Edinburgh in 2008-2009.

Prior to becoming Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Sacks had been Principal of Jews’ College, London, the world’s oldest rabbinical seminary, as well as rabbi of the Golders Green and Marble Arch synagogues in London.

He gained rabbinic ordination from Jews’ College as well as from London’s Yeshiva Etz Chaim.

Lecture abstract

Neither the state nor the market, the two dominant institutions in liberal democracies, are society-creating forces. They do not sustain relationships, or provide a framework for meaning, identity and community. That is why, against prediction, religion survives and will grow stronger in the course of the 21st century. How can we ensure that it does not bring with it the religious conflicts of the past?

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