Evolution in The Jewish Press

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The Jewish Press has been hosting an intense debate in its Letters to the Editor section about the scientific viability of evolution (I, II, III, IV, V).

Basically, it’s a bunch of amateurs who have decided that they know enough to debunk the experts. This is what happens when you don’t read Hirhurim. Had they read the post on pseudo-science, these writers might have realized that someone who is not an expert on this subject who tries to disprove an expert is like someone who does not know how to learn quoting a few sources and arguments to dispute a talmid hakham. You end up looking foolish to anyone “in the know” and the only point you make is that you reach conclusions without understanding the issues.

I have much more respect for someone who says “Evolution conflicts with my religious beliefs so I’ll reject it and assume that it will eventually be disproven” than someone who reads one or two popular books on the subject and says “Those foolish scientists don’t know what they’re talking about.”

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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