[Marxism] Fwd: Secretly seduced by science, Hasidic atheists lead a double life | Aeon Essays

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jun 26 17:26:39 MDT 2016

Solomon is one of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of men and women whose 
encounters with evolution, science, new atheism and biblical criticism 
have led them to the conclusion that there is no God, and yet whose 
social, economic and familial connections to the ultra-Orthodox and 
Hasidic communities prevent them from giving up the rituals of faith. 
Those I spoke to could not bring themselves to upend their families and 
their children’s lives. With too much integrity to believe, they also 
have too much to leave behind, and so they remain closeted atheists 
within ultra-Orthodox communities. Names and some places have been 
changed – every person spoke to me for this story on condition of 
anonymity. Part of a secret, underground intellectual elite, these 
people live in fear of being discovered and penalised by an increasingly 
insular society.


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