Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction
The Gerald L. Bernstein Memorial Lecture
Wednesday, October 27
7:30 pm | Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater
Tickets: $25, Discounted Members/Seniors/Under 25 $20
In conversation with Ron Charles, Senior Editor of The Washington Post Book World
Followed by a Closing Night reception.
Celebrate the Closing Night of the Festival with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein and her hilarious, heartbreaking, and intellectually captivating novel exploring the rapture and torments of religious experience in all its variety.
Goldstein’s novel plunges into the great debate of our day: the clash between faith and reason. After Cass Seltzer’s book becomes a surprise best seller, he’s dubbed, “the atheist with a soul,” and becomes a celebrity. He wins over the stunning “goddess of game theory,” is reunited with a friend seeking immortality and is haunted by reminders of the two people who ignited his passion to understand religion. Each encounter reinforces Cass’s theory that the religious impulse spills over into life at large.
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s novels include The Mind-Body Problem and Mazel. She was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (the “genius grant”) in 1996 and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005. Her most recent book, Betraying Spinoza, won the 2006 Koret International Jewish Prize.
“Goldstein, philosopher and writer, continues her many-faceted inquiry into the nature of genius and the intersection between religion and science, returning to fiction and ramping up her gifts for radiant humor and the transmutation of metaphysics, mathematics, and Jewish mysticism into narrative gold…Goldstein is entrancing...” —Booklist, starred review
“Irreverent and witty, Goldstein seamlessly weaves philosophy into this lively and colorful chronicle of intellectual and emotional struggles.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
This annual lecture is made possible by a generous endowment from Tamara and Harry Handelsman in honor of the memory of Tamara Handelsman’s brother, Gerald L. Bernstein.
This program is co-sponsored by Moment Magazine.
See the full line up at washingtondcjcc.org/litfest.