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The Lubavitcher Rebbe on Evolution

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The Lubavitcher Rebbe on Evolution

How the Lubavitcher Rebbe approached the perceived conflict between Torah and evolutionary science.
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Creation, Torah & Science, Evolution

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Daniel Frank Toronto October 24, 2018

Today, the L-rd G-d has set before you (a path): A blessing (creation) and a curse (evolution), choose the blessing, choose life... Reply

Masha via chabadulstercounty.org October 24, 2018

Evolution is both gradual and, at times, more radical changes happen. It’s not mutually exclusive. As to no fossil records of gradual change, that is simply not true. Look at any physical anthropology text and see all the fossils found of how man has changed gradually over time. As to Gd planting fossils for reasons we do not know, that seems proposertous to me. I still will continue to find meaning in Judaism, but I am not convinced by this gentleman’s arguments. Reply

John SC November 13, 2018
in response to Masha:

"Your Inner Fish" does a great job of trying to bridge species and create a fossil record. Reply

William B. Winkelman Tucson February 18, 2019
in response to Masha:

What this gentleman trying to refute evolution fails to regard is the immense amount of time over which organisms were able to evolve. Change is bound to occur, big change included. No exponent of evolutionary theory has ever claimed to see it happening. Of course the changes have not been observable while they occurred. Man hasn't been around anything like nearly long enough to observe much at all of the process of evolution. We have to use ingenious methods to determine what has happened over the millions and millions of years. Genetics is one method through which we can discover commonalities. I am, myself, struck by remarkable structural similarities among animals. Nearly all have a structure of head, thorax, and abdomen. Waste products go out at the base of the abdomen. The thoracic part of the body, even in fish, has limbs. The cytoplasm of the cell is identical between plant and animal cells. All this implies for me a common origin of life. Reply

Sarah October 21, 2018

brilliant Reply

Anonymous Montreal October 21, 2018

Fascinating. Nice job! Reply

Rabbi YY October 19, 2018

BS"D
Thanks for this video. I'm so happy to learn that the Rebbe was strongly and clearly against apologetics. The theory of evolution is so patently false it is virtually a mitzva (מדבר שקר תרחק) to teach people to abandon it.
And if I may, I think it's worth being clear that the term "micro-evolution" is a crime of language, used by religious Darwinists to legitimize the term "evolution" in any way possible. All my life, what they call "micro-evolution" was always known to be to be called "genetic mutation." Let's get back to using that latter term and clarifying to our listeners that the fashionable term of "micro..." is just propaganda. Reply

Andrew Jacksonville, FL, USA October 16, 2018

Now I get it. Reply

Shmuli September 19, 2018

A fascinating talk!
Does the Rebbe bring a source from tractate Rosh Hashona ?Our sages explain the words of King David in Psalms Shor par= bullox . A shor is an ox past age three and a par is a bull aged from day one till age three (if i am not mistaken). King David refers to the bull created on the week of creation being one day of age but also the size of a full size ox- just like man(age one day old but the size of a 20 yr. old(I think the source is a midrash) and so all of creation? Reply

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