Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Orthodox Jews & Intelligent Design

Orthodox Jews may be starting to take up the Intelligent Design cause.

some Jewish leaders, like [Rabbi Moshe] Tendler, have begun to quietly embrace the theory. And several of them went public with their support during the Sixth Miami International Conference on Torah and Science [...] "The fundamental question the theory answers is, accidental or intentional?" [Rabbi Sholom Lipskar] explains. "If it's accidental, then what's the point? But if there's design, we're here for a reason."
Nathan Katz, who heads the Center for the Study of Spirituality at FIU and was one of the conference organizers, says the enthusiasm some Torah devotees express for intelligent design reflects a growing alliance between traditional Jews and evangelical Christians. The two groups have found themselves on the same side of many culture war battles. And evangelicals have funneled tens of millions of dollars into Israel. "The monstrous evangelical support for that country has led some Orthodox Jews to be willing to listen to evangelicals on other issues," Katz explains.

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