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September 26, 2016 / 23 Elul, 5776
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Who Has a Problem with Human Evolution?

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I never understood why there should be a conflict between Torah and the Theory of Evolution. I never demanded that God be working in a static, unwavering manner, when everything, but everything in the cosmos in moving and jumping and mutating and splitting and slipping and slithering and gushing.

Anyone who sees a problem in the fact that modern science isn’t conforming with the first two chapters in Genesis should first explain the vast conflicts between the first two chapters in Genesis themselves.

Besides the fact that Science is about the What and Torah is about the Why, I also believe that the two, Science and Torah—that is honest, open minded Science and Torah—shouldn’t be anything but a complement to each other.

Personally, I don’t like the idea of the Divine Designer, because it’s an attempt to dwarf God to the level of my human understanding. All I know is that there’s God, about whom I know absolutely nothing; and that God gave me mitzvot through which I may communicate with His Will. Why should that be threatened in any conceivable way by the fact that, without a shred of a doubt, the ape in the zoo and I share most of our chromosomes?

Just thought I should say this before you watch Dr. Ken Miller talking about the relationship between Homo sapiens and the other primates. He discusses a recent finding of the Human Genome Project which identifies the exact point of fusion of two primate chromosomes that resulted in human chromosome #2.


Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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