Sunday, April 10, 2011

Would God believe in evolution?

But when it comes to the truth of evolution, many Christians feel compelled to look the other way. They hold on to a particular interpretation of an ancient story in Genesis that they have fashioned into a modern account of origins - a story that began as an oral tradition for a wandering tribe of Jews thousands of years ago.

This is the view on display in a $27 million dollar Creation Museum in Kentucky. It inspired the Institute for Creation Research, which purports to offer scientific support for creationism....

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1 comment:

  1. The idea of "I am the truth" has numerous parallels in Torah, including Chazal's statement that the "chotem" of Hakadosh Baruch Hu is "emet". The question is how do we relate to that idea? Two possibilities:

    1) Whatever we associate with HKB"H (i.e. the entire mesorah) must by definition be true.

    So if there's an apparent contradiction between science and the mesorah, the science must be false.

    2) Whatever we find to be true (on the basis of research, evidence, experience, logic, etc.) must by definition reveal aspects of HKB"H.

    So if science appears to contradict the mesorah, we take it as an opportunity to restudy that part of the mesorah in search of new meaning and relevance.

    To me, the pshat of the idea that the stamp of HKB"H is emet lies clearly in the second interpretation. What is a "chotem"? It's a stamp, a mark, a sign. Wherever you see this sign, it means the owner of the stamp is behind it. "Emet" is the stamp of HKB"H. Therefore when we see emet (wherever it happens to be), we know HKB"H is behind it.