“People who do good because they want to win eternity are neither moral nor religious.”
In this sermon, Rabbi Olan demolishes some sacred beliefs associated with capitalism, patriotism, Christianity, and even the Old Testament with characteristic unrestraint. “Why should we do the good deed?” he asks. “Is it to win the approval of our neighbors or the fear of punishment if we fail to live righteously? Must we always determine the reward or the punishment for every moral issue?”
“The Conscience of the City” once again challenges us to ruthlessly examine our own motives.
*Written by guest blogger Joshua Hirsch.
(Rabbi Olan quotes Antigonos of Soho and Job 13:15.)