Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Ikkarei Emunah Revisited

An underlying problem with mandating Ikkarei Emunah, which is sometimes discussed, is how can you command someone to believe something as true. For Maimonides one could come to Divine truths through Philosophical or Scientific Inquiry. However, nowadays, studying philosophy, science, or Bible in an academic setting will likely lead one to be an Heretic.
One may suggest that since we now know that people are influenced by their environment, one can choose to be in an environment which is condusive to belief. And in this way fulfill Maimonides' commandment to belief in God.

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