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Would Humanity Be Better Off With Only One Religion?

Rabbi Rami

In the latest installment of Roadside Assistance, Rabbi Rami answers questions about morality, atheism, and enlightenment (and that Allstate commercial).

My son is taking a class called Comparative Religion. Wouldn’t humanity be better off with only one religion? Rabbi Rami: Would we be better off with only Bach and not Anoushka Shankar? Would we be better off with only Georgia O’Keeffe and not Hokusai? Religion, like music and art, is an expression of human creativity and should be studied the way we study art and music: not by comparing one religion to another, but by appreciating them all as expressions of humanity’s quest for meaning through myth, story, and ritual. Replacing a course in Comparative Religion with one called Religion Appreciation might be a move in the right direction. A friend dreamed of my deceased mother, who weighed in on an important financial decision I’m pondering. I was surprised, since Mom wasn’t at all financially astute. Should I follow her advice? Not necessarily. If your mom wasn’t a financial wizard while alive, there’s no reason to imagine she has become one now that she is dead. My husband says Evil is like Mayhem in the commercials for Allstate insurance: a force of nature willfully sowing chaos. What d …

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Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, essayist, poet, and teacher. In the print version of our magazine, he has...

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