Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Intelligent Debate About Intelligent Design

The past few issues of the Catholic periodical First Things has had a spirited and intelligent debate about the theological and scientific merits (or lack thereof) of Intelligent Design and evolution. I can't recall the last time I've seen any sort of intelligent debate on that subject in Orthodox Jewish periodicals. Why is that?

Do we have nothing to discuss on that subject? I don't think so. Perhaps people have already chosen their sides and have nothing more to say to each other on the subject. I doubt it. Frankly, I doubt that most Orthodox Jews, even the intellecutals, really understand what Intelligent Design is all about. For that matter, neither the Torah case for nor against evolution has ever been fully fleshed out in English.

Is it, perhaps, that we have divided ourselves into camps, so that anyone who would read a particular periodical that contains such a debate is already on one side of it? That could be true.

Or perhaps many of us are too scared to publicly voice our opinion on the matter.

I don't know why this is the case but, in the end, the silence is deafening.

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