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A View from the Altar / Faith, then works
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Faith, then works

National Public Radio aired their weekly program Speaking of Faith in which Jewish guest Scott-Martin Kosofsky explained that Judaism is all about doing.  You must do good works before you can even get going on Judaism’s simple beliefs.  To emphasize this, Kosofsky pointed to the simplicity of Jewish belief as set forth in the Shema, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one.”  Quoth he, you can’t discuss even so simple a belief as this one until you’ve got the good works pretty much nailed down.

Question: Without a God to believe in, why would you ever get started doing any good works?  What would be the motive?  And if you believed nothing about God at all, how would you figure out which direction “good” was?

You really need to know where the target is before firing the gun.

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