“God is dead”—or so Friedrich Nietzsche famously said toward the end of the 19th century. A century earlier, Jean-Jacques Rousseau observed that “religion, discredited everywhere by philosophy, had lost its ascendancy even over the people.” And yet, with the 21st century well underway, God refuses to die His predicted death. Over the past few years, religion seems to be becoming more—not less—politically relevant. Why has God refused to retreat from the public square, much less die, despite the Enlightenment critique of religion?
In this conversation, as part of a conference at the American Enterprise Institute, Rabbi Soloveichik explores these questions and more with the professor Patrick Deneen and Tikvah Senior Director Jonathan Silver.
Promised Lands: The Torah and the American Founding
Two Catholics, a rabbi, and a Presbyterian discuss the indelible impact that the Torah has had on America.
Religion’s Refusal to Die
Rabbi Soloveichik joins Patrick Deneen and Jonathan Silver to explore the resilience of religion in the 21st century.