James Edward Johnson

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Jewish Views on Evolution

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Here is an interesting piece from JTA about Jewish views on evolution. I have already noted my views here. However, this gives me the opportunity to note an answer Moses gives on the subject, which supports creationism, even though Moses hedges when discussing RaMBaM.

I think in the intellegent design sticker case, it is suffient to note that even if G-d created the universe some 5,765 years ago, as literally noted in Bereshit, He must have created it with an apparent history for a reason. Science is the study of apparent facts based on empirical observations. If empirical observation of chemical properties and physical phenomena point to a billions-year-old universe, that is what we should study in science class. If the universe did not exist more than 6,000 years ago, that is the purpose of Torah study, not science class. After all, if G-d is so active in the world, what is the problem with taking the view that His activism cannot be perceived by empirical observation? Isn’t man separate from G-d? Isn’t G-d incorporeal? Doesn’t it make sense that His actions in this world would consequently be imperceptible and leave the empirical observer unaware of what He had done?


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Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 6:09 pm

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