On I.D., Evolution, and Judaism

The press and media are filled with finger poiting and name calling over the teaching of “evolution,” “creationism,” “Intelligent Design” and so on. Where does Judaism stand on all this?

Rabbi Nosson Slifkin, a brilliant scholar based in Jerusalem, provides a traditional Jewish lense on ID and evolution. It is based on his book onf Science and Torah. If you have a couple of minutes it is worth reading his insights and observations. Most importantly, he explains why Judaism never rejected science:

The specifics of the various theories of evolution may or may not be correct. But it is irrelevant. Sooner or later, a viable theory to explain the formation of life will be found, just as we found theories to expl

ain the motion of the planets and the patterns of rainfall. We can predict this, because we know that G-d works through a system of natural law. Not because, Heaven forbid, He has to, but because He chooses to. The creationists who look for G-d in miraculous events are committing a grave error. G-d’s fingerprints are to be found in natural law as much as they are in supernatural law.

Keep up the good work Reb Nosson!

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