Pride, Lust, Technology—and the Hebrew Bible

LeonKass  A Conversation with Leon Kass

 

By Mosaic

Last month, Mosaic visited Leon R. Kass, author of our June essay, “The Ten Commandments,” in his Washington, D.C. office. We spoke first about the passions, the human heart and its longings, and the wisdom and guidance the Bible has to offer in a time of “cultural unraveling.”

To quote The Shadow: “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” The Hebrew Bible knows, Kass says—and it can help. Here, part 1 of 3:

Leon Kass is Addie Clark Harding Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago and holds the Madden-Jewett chair at the American Enterprise Institute. A physician, scientist, educator, and public intellectual, he served in 2001-2005 as chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics. His books include The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of our Nature (1994), The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis (2003), and, with his wife Amy Kass, What So Proudly We Hail (2011) and related e-anthologies on “The Meaning of America” and “The American Calendar.”