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A New Theory of Atonment: Marty McFly, the Scapegoat, the Chicken, and the Bread Crumbs

Dr. Samuel Lebens / September 26, 2016

In conversation with medieval commentaries, midrash, Chassidic texts, and Stephen Spielberg’s Back to the Future trilogy, we will develop a new theory of atonement. What is atonement and how does it differ from forgiveness? Is it really possible to change the past? And if you’re no longer responsible for your sins, then who is?




Dr. Samuel Lebens

Rabbi Dr. Samuel Lebens is a philosopher at the university of Haifa and adjunct faculty at Drisha. His first book is about Bertrand Russell and the philosophy of language. His second book, The Principles of Judaism (forthcoming with Oxford University Press) is a contemporary exploration of the philosophical underpinnings of the Jewish faith. He is also co-founder of the Association for the Philosophy of Judaism (personal website: Click here to access podcasts recorded by Sam Lebens.


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