Sunday, December 05, 2010

Science Versus Religion Battle in Israel

This is a very different battle between science and religion in Israel. If you think the battle here in the US is "complicated", wait till you read about the battle there!

So the battle in Israel between advocates of science and advocates of Torah, surprisingly ends up to be not about an angry disagreement, but a profound agreement. Both sides agree that science education offers a road from being a Talmud scholar living on the dole who's never heard of Madam Curie to being an SUV-driving systems analyst who can't get enough of Lady Gaga.

All they disagree about is whether this is a road worth traveling.

It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.


1 comment:

Pi-Guy said...

A very interesting controversy. On the one hand, if the strict orthodoxists want public money, then they should be willing to give something in return to the secular society who make it possible. On the other hand, if the government thinks orthodox schools of thought are valuable enough to be underwritten, then perhaps it's a contradiction to expect those schools of thought to teach outside their othodoxies.