Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Nonsense of a High Order

Nonsense of a High Order is a new work on the market by Rabbi Moshe Averick that presents a response to the challenges of modern day atheism. Nishma, as noted in the Acknowledgements, was happy to have assisted in bringing this work to the light of day. Modern day atheist have become very pro-active in promoting their view of reality. There is clearly a need to respond. This work is one such response.

Rabbi Averick has been a friend of Nishma for many years. An early draft of his book's chapter on the Euthyphro Argument was actually published as a Commentary article on our web site at http://www.nishma.org/articles/commentary/euthyphro.html. People are invited to take a look at this article to gain an appreciation for his work. His tone is not just defensive with a goal simply of answering the atheist's questions of the theist. He goes on the offensive, actively challenging their beliefs. He, thus, in many instances, shows the illogical base structure, the nonsense, inherent in many of the assertions of these self-appointed purveyors of reason. (In this regard, it should be noted, that while Rabbi Averick's presents his book as simply an argument for believers over non-believers, it is clearly the God of Torah that is his focus.)

To find out more about Rabbi Averick and this book, we invite you to look at the following:

1) the author's own website at  http://rabbimaverick.com/

2) http://www.idthefuture.com/
3) http://www.algemeiner.com/2011/04/01/an-open-letter-to-dr-jerry-coyne-atheistic-biologist/

We should also note the following haskamot:

Rav Yitzchak Berkowitz:
Kollel Yerushalayim

When Chazal taught, dah mah lehashiv lappikorus, they were not referring solely to one who would expect to debate the heretic.  It is the obligation of every Jew to attain absolute certainty as to the Ikrei Emuna to the best of his ability.  This work presents a clear picture of the true face of contemporary apikorsus, in a style that satisfies Chazal’s leitsanusa d’avoda zara.
I would strongly recommend that every English speaking ben-Torah find the time to read the book, and be sure – as never before – of there being no logical alternative whatsoever to the Ikrei Emuna.
Yitzchak Berkovits

Rabbi Michel Twerski:
Milwaukee, Wi.

I have had an opportunity to read Nonsense of a High Order by Rabbi Moshe Averick, and wish to add my approbation to the enthusiastic voices that have preceded me. Nonsense of a High Order is an uncommonly literate, trenchant, and entertaining volume. Rabbi Averick has done a stellar job of researching the field and presenting the positions of leading exponents of atheism, revealing them in all their preposterous and specious glory. While one should not generally delight in another’s discomfort, it is difficult not to be amused by what happens to these implausible arguments under Averick’s penetrating scrutiny and excoriating analysis. Most importantly, I believe that Nonsense of a High Order is an important Jewish work. It should be of signal utility to Rabbis, Kiruv Professionals, and Torah Jews in general who seek to relate to issues of emunah with greater depth and clarity. This exposition is by far one of the best things I have read in a very long time, and I heartily encourage b’nei Torah to supplement their religious reading with this very informative and compelling work.


Rabbi Michel Twerski

Nonsense of a High Order can be ordered through the author's website or through Amazon at 

Rabbi Ben Hecht

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