Video Lecture Series: Dilemmas of Faith

In an age of radical polarization in modern society, with a rise in religious fundamentalism on the one hand and a rise of atheism on the other, how does Jewish tradition approach dilemmas of faith?

In Dilemmas of Faith, Hartman Institute scholars explore the foundational issue of faith, engaging in broad and deep analysis of some of the many dilemmas that faith in the modern world raises. Based on classical Jewish tradition and contemporary Jewish thought and life, Dilemmas of Faith addresses the big questions raised by the intersection of faith and reason, faith and history, faith and politics, and the faith experience.

This Video Lecture Series includes:
Ten curricular units, each runs approximately 30 minutes and consists of a lecture by a Hartman Institute faculty member. 

Sourcebook: Includes primary sources for each lecture, supplementary sources for additional study and reflection, and recommended background readings. 

Leader’s Guide: Contains a comprehensive outline of each lecture, recommended hevruta questions for each primary text, explanations of supplementary sources, suggested discussion questions, and recommended background readings.

Central Themes of Dilemmas of Faith

  • What Does it Mean to Believe? The Challenge of the Rational and the Reasonable
  • Dilemma of Biblical Theology: What is the Redeeming Idea of Monotheism?
  • Dilemma of Theodicy: Where is God in the Midst of Suffering?
  • Dilemma of History: God, Evil and the Book of Job
  • Dilemma of God’s Absence: Grappling with God’s Departure from History
  • Dilemma of Human Responsibility: What Does it Mean to Live a Life of Faith in an Age of Divine Hiddenness?
  • Dilemma of Spiritual Role Models: A Biblical View of Redeeming Personalities: 
  • Dilemma of Faith and Politics: The Role of Ambivalence in Faith
  • Dilemma of Practice: What is the Faith Experience?:
  • Dilemma of Conviction: Do I Have to Believe in God to Be a Good Jew? 

The lecture series and accompanying curricular study materials are designed to be used by a rabbi or educator with a group of lay leaders in a weekly or monthly study program. The rabbi/educator serves as the lead teacher, utilizing the materials and lectures as best suited for his/her community, preparing the participants for the lecture by studying the texts and reading the supplementary materials in advance, either in a separate session, or in a shorter 45-minute preparatory session.

Cost: $500