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Is it possible to demonstrate the existence of God?

Dr. Martin Jaffee discusses the idea of the “presence of God” versus the existence of God. He uses the analogy of the gardener of the earth as the common answer to the question of belief in God’s presence. Jaffee defends the rationality of those who believe in God, saying that their beliefs are true because of their own experiences and should be taken seriously.

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Playing Time: 3:01 minutes

About the Interviewee:

Dr. Martin Jaffee is the Samuel & Althea Stroum Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Washington. He has served on a variety of editorial boards and works in the area of Talmudic and Rabbinic studies. His academic interests include issues in modern Jewish thought, Jewish Mysticism and Jewish cultural history.

About the Interviewer:

Dr. Alfred Benney is a professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and teaches courses in Non-Traditional American Religions and Christian Religious Thought. His research interests include "how people learn"; "the appropriate use of technology in teaching/learning" and "myth as explanatory narrative". He has published work on teaching with technology.

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