One of the most admired religious thinkers of our time, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is the award-winning author of more than two dozen books, is heard regularly on the BBC, and has received many international awards and honorary degrees from universities around the world. From 1991 to 2013 he served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. He was made a Life Peer and took his seat in the House of Lords in October 2009.
"A figure of great stature and sometimes the center of controversy
in England, where he has served as chief rabbi for two decades,
Rabbi Sacks is certain to add to both his stature and the
controversy that surrounds him with the publication of The Great
Partnership. . . . Society needs both religion and
science, Sacks argues in this innovative, articulate, and
well-documented book. He effortlessly includes statistics and
history, personal stories and culture-wide experiences, all of it
making clear the differences he sees between the
Weltanschauung of his world and that of the atheist."
--The Jewish Week
"The Great Partnership is illuminating and sometimes
genuinely moving, because of the erudition and the warm personality
with which Rabbi Sacks unrolls his credo. . . . It makes a
persuasive case that the bloody rhetorical war between 'science'
and 'religion' is not just unnecessary; it is foolish. . . . A
humane, learned cri de coeur."
--The Wall Street Journal "In prose that is both stately and accessible, Rabbi Sacks offers an examination of the most profound issues of faith and science that is both intellectually rigorous and generous in spirit. With an impressive range of scholarship that extends far beyond the Jewish tradition, he marshals an array of arguments for the proposition that 'we need both religion and science.' "
--Shelf Awareness "In clear language Sacks sets forth the arguments put forward by atheists, respectfully demolishing them in favor of the religious stance that he forthrightly espouses. The range and depth of his familiarity with authorities in both camps are most impressive [and] his erudite position is largely compelling. . . . Essential reading because of Sacks's splendid range of knowledge and his powerful ability to tackle tough issues."
--Publishers Weekly "A brilliant exposition of the possibility of science and religion, each in its own way, contributing to a better world."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "There is a warm, accessible scholarship about Rabbi Sacks; it's easy to see why he is such a popular sage. The Great Partnership will only burnish this reputation. After several years in which the new atheists--Dawkins, Hitchens, Hawking--have made all the running, Sacks offers an intelligent, optimistic credo that allows for the happy coexistence of science and religion. . . . For those people who know that science is right but still want to believe, this cake-and-eat-it argument is made with erudition, scholarship, and charm."
--The Times (London) "The learned and humane Sacks normally speaks from within the Jewish tradition. But here he is much more inclusive, drawing from Judaism, Christianity and, he claims, Islam . . . His erudition is extensive [and he] is engaging and thought-provoking throughout. His exploration of the deep differences between classical Greek and Hebrew thought is quite brilliant. . . . Without a doubt he is a wise thinker and a national treasure."