Judaism: The Atheist Rabbi

Out of respect for the sacred name, some devout Jews never pronounce the Hebrew word for God. Rabbi Sherman Wine, 36, of Birmingham Temple in the Detroit suburbs, has another reason for not mentioning the deity: he cannot prove that God exists. To the consternation and dismay of his fellow Reform rabbis, Wine publicly declares, "I am an atheist," and has expunged the name of God from all services at his temple. Wine is a rather special sort of atheist. Technically, he calls himself an "ignostic," which Wine defines as someone who will only accept the truth of...