Interfaith event examines religion and science

The Fresno BeeJanuary 31, 2014 

The director of a Jewish learning center in Solana Beach is coming to Fresno to speak on biblical interpretation and the nexus between science and religion.

Rabbi Shai Cherry, who leads the Shaar Hamayim center, is this year's lecturer at Interfaith Scholar Weekend, which is Friday, Feb. 7 through Feb. 9 in Fresno.

The event promotes adult religious education, offering not only the opportunity to hear the lectures, but also to engage in dialogue both with the scholars and other participants.

The 2014 theme is "Religion and Science in Our Neo-Medieval Age."

"The title is a misperception that we're in a time of darkness, ignorance and superstition," says Cherry, adding he wants to demonstrate that isn't the case.

Cherry also is the featured professor for The Teaching Company's "Introduction to Judaism" course and author of "Torah Through Time: Understanding Bible Commentary from the Rabbinic Period to Modern Times."

He will open Interfaith Scholar Weekend with a lecture on "What is Genesis One Really About" at 7 p.m. Friday at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, 2111 E. Nees Ave.

On Feb. 8, there will be lectures and discussions on "Genesis One and Biblical Interpretation" at 9:15 a.m. and "Jewish Response to Darwinism" at 10:45 a.m., both at Temple Beth Israel, 6622 N. Maroa Ave. There also will be questions and discussion with Cherry at 1:15 p.m.

On Feb. 9, Cherry will give sermons on "Science As a Religious Duty" at 9 a.m. at Holy Family Episcopal Church, which is at 1135 E. Alluvial Ave., and 10:30 a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, which is at 1343 E. Barstow Ave.

All are welcome to attend the events Friday and Feb. 9. Registration is required for the lectures Feb. 8. Cost is $45 in advance or $50 at the door. Students cost $10.

Details: www.interfaithscholar.org or 435-2690.

 

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6304 or rorozco@fresnobee.com.

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