In this episode of Hebrew Voices, A Physicist on the Nature of God, Nehemia Gordon explores the connection between science and the Bible with orthodox Jewish physicist Dr. Gerald Schroeder. According to Schroeder, there is no conflict between Torah and “teva” (nature), as the two complete one another. Schroeder explains the tradition that Moses was given only part of the Torah, the other part being hidden in nature, an idea introduced in the 12th century by Maimonides in “Guide to the Perplexed.”
We learn from Dr. Schroeder that some current scientists have accepted that the universe does appear to have a creator, but not one who cares. Schroeder and Gordon discuss how the flow of social history speaks to the necessity of a creator and that the Jews serve as a marker for a Creator who cares not just about them, but about all nations. And we learn a coded phrase in the Tanakh revealing that God cares so much for his free-willed creatures that he has multiple plans for dealing with them.
And (but of course) Gordon and Schroeder discuss the name of God given in the Hebrew text and how centuries of translations have weakened the understanding of it, but how the nuances of ancient Hebrew reveal Yehovah to be an unlimited, dynamic God who cares, plans, reveals himself, and at times hides.
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Dr. Gerald Schroeder earned his PhD degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in two fields: Earth Sciences and Physics. Schroeder served for five years on the staff of the MIT Department of Physics. In 1971, he moved to Israel where he joined the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Volcani Research Institute, while also having a laboratory at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition to his current work in radiation control, he teaches at Aish HaTorah College of Jewish Studies, is the author of five bestselling books, and he lectures on the extraordinary confluence of modern science and ancient Biblical commentary.