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Rabbi Rami: How to Talk with My Astronomer Daughter about God?

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<em>Edit Article</em> Rabbi Rami: How to Talk with My Astronomer Daughter about God?

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Question: I want to talk with my astronomer daughter about God in a way that honors both her science and my Christian faith. Any suggestions? Rabbi Rami: I’m partial to Rabbi Saul of Tarsus, who defines God as that in which we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). In other words, God is the universe. As a scientist your daughter probably finds the same sense of awe, wonder, and the sacred when engaging with the cosmos as you do when engaging with God. Rather than talk about beliefs, talk about the sacred, the wondrous, and the awe-inspiring. I suspect you will both, each in your own way, discover that the universe is filled with glory (Isaiah 6:3). Share with each other your respective sense of wonder and see if that doesn’t open into a deeper conversation about life, meaning, and purpose. Is spirituality a feeling, a worldview, or what? How do I know this or that spirituality is authentic? While spirituality has an emotional and intellectual component, for me it is primarily the practice of moving from alienation to integration, from the smaller self that insists it is apart from God to the …

Author and teacher Rabbi Rami Shapiro has been called “one of the best bridges of Eastern and Western wisdom.” His newest book is Embracing the Divine Feminine.

Rabbi Rami Shipiro

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, essayist, poet, and teacher. His spiritual advice column, “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler,” addresses reader questions pertaining to religion, spirituality, faith, family, God, social issues, and more. His latest book is Surrendered—The Sacred Art: Shattering the Illusion of Control and Falling into Grace with Twelve-Step Spirituality.

He has this to say about religion: “To me, religions are like languages: no language is true or false; all languages are of human origin; each language reflects and shapes the mindset of the civilization that speaks it; there are things you can say in one language that you cannot say or cannot say as well in another; and the more languages you know, the more nuanced your understanding of life. Judaism is my mother tongue, yet in matters of the spirit I strive to be multi-lingual. In the end, however, the deepest language of the soul is silence.”

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