Saturday, December 24, 2005

Evolution - just wondering

It seems like many fundamentalists of diverse religions seem to insist on the idea of "Intelligent Design". Isn't this strange? Why would an omnipotent, omnipresent deity have to "intelligently design" each species individually? Wouldn't it be more appropriate for such a deity to establish them through a sophisticated random process? Something like... evolution?


At 9:18 PM, December 25, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Jewropean. This is food for thought, more nutritious than a dozen soofganiot! I would add an other question, that of time. When the Torah states that God created the world in six days, only fundamentalists can possibly come to the conclusion that this means 144 hours of *our* time. In my opinion, this view is an attempt to confine God to our concepts of time (and space?), which seems to me kind of .... even blasphemy. Maybe you know whether this thread of thinking has been developed by the sages or in later Jewish thinking?

At 11:02 PM, December 25, 2005, Blogger The Jewropean said...


Ibn Ezra seems to see the days non-literally as speheres. Based on this, organizations like Aish haTorah are equalizing each day to an epoque in evolution.

Others again seem the story completely metaphoric, just as and not to be taken literal in an sense at all.

At 8:22 AM, December 26, 2005, Blogger Tamara said...

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