Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Jewish Perspectives on Intelligent Design

Jewish Action Online, the magazine of the Orthodox Union has posted three articles that are to some extent favorable to Intelligent Design. I have only had time to skim these articles, but I thought that I would alert my readers. I do not necessarily endorse these articles, and, in my quick review, I have already located points on which I disagree. But they, at a minimum, broaden the debate and encourage reflection and civil discourse.

The Faith of Darwinism and the Science of Intelligent Design,
by Dr. Arnold Slyper, who is the director of Pediatric Endocrinology at Loyola University Medical Center.

Finding the Intelligence Within the Design
by Gerald Schroeder, who received his PhD from MIT in nuclear physics and earth and planetary sciences.

Intelligent Design: Why Has it Become a Battleground Between Science and Religion
by Nathan Aviezer, who is a professor of physics at Bar-Ilan University and a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Do these articles prove that Intelligent Design is inherently religious? Of course not. For more on this issue, see here. For even more on this, go here.

Do these help show that the Barbara Forrest conspiracy theories are a pile of rubbish? Of course they do-- unless these authors are part of the vast Christian Fundamentalist theocratic conspiracy. Perhaps Ms. Forrest would allege that they are only unwittingly playing into the hands of the conspiracy. In this case, she would not just be foolish, but also insulting- some might say defamatory- to thoughtful Jewish scholars.

No, this is a good example of the range of backgrounds of people questioning Darwinian theory and Darwinian Fundamentalism, which includes, Agnostics, Jews, Muslims and others.

The home page for Jewish Action Online is here.


At September 23, 2006 6:26 PM, Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Thanks for the info, Lawrence. My blog reviews one of the articles at


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