Does Evolution Contradict the Genesis Account?

The rabbi offers his take on the question of whether evolution and the Torah's creation account can be reconciled.

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Comments (12)

(10) Neil Hanson, February 17, 2017 10:26 PM

How big is our G-d?

If G-d can create everything in all the universes and do it perfectly, is He capable of creating our world in 6 days? Or does He have limited power? Not my G-d. How about yours?

(9) Linda Gerber, October 15, 2016 2:17 PM

I am no scientist but one of those searching for truth. I find in the Torah answers to questions which Big Bang believers are not able to explain. The Torah explains: 1) creation of life; 2)death; 3)creation of a 7 day week cycle;4) suffering and sickness;4) how something was created from nothing. Do atheists and evolutionists have an explanation as to why the breath of man cannot be contained in a bottle and be given back to man to prevent man from dying? Thank you Rabbi Tatz for straight answers to difficult questions.

(8) Shoshana-Jerusalem, July 10, 2016 1:38 PM

1- to Charles Hall 2-recomended reading

1- I think that the rabbi was referring to animals or people, not wheat.

2- recommended reading: Google "Old-New World" on aish.com

(7) Yosef Romano, July 10, 2016 4:41 AM

The rabbi quotes midrashim, but doesn't say which ones. Also didn't explain how the persons the Tora describes as Adam and Eve are explained according to his theory. I mean to say that if he agrees that there were a bunch of people or humanoids running around, then, who were Adam and Eve. The Tora is extremely clear about them, and takes them as real people , just two of them in the garden.

AH, July 12, 2016 3:27 AM

"a bunch of people or humanoids running around, then, who were Adam and Eve"

While the biology may have been an evolutionary process, the bible is clearly stating that Adam and Eve were given a soul which makes them different from the evolutionary developing humanoids (if there were any). Adam and Eve is more about Theology of Man than Biology.

(6) Micha'el, July 8, 2016 12:45 PM

Excellent explanation. The ''6days'' of creation in human terms could be 6 trillion years' - which to Hashem are 6 blinks of an eye !!

(5) Dvirah, July 8, 2016 11:21 AM

Right On!

Finally, a Rabbi who shares my opinion. Evolution, however it actually works, can only be one of the mechanisms of continuing creation - a fact we acknowledge in our morning prayers ("he renews his works every day" - Shacharit).
Incidentally, in the analogy of a "day", there should also be an afternoon. This is not mentioned in the Torah, and I understand by this that during the "afternoon" creation continued slowly, with no major changes - and these "afternoons" might, by our sun-generated count, have lasted many millions of years.

(4) Richard Kronenfeld, July 7, 2016 10:15 PM

Newest scientific evidence supports Rabbi Tatz

Rabbi Tatz, as a physicist i am especially impressed by your understanding of the scientific basis of evolution. If anyone hasn't already read Dr. Stephen Meyer's book "Darwin's Doubt." he takes up those very objections to evolution and makes the case for intelligent design, i.e. the process that led to all forms of life on Earth was guided by the Creator, Hakodosh Boruch Hu.
Also, regarding the age of the Universe, Dr. Gerald Schroeder's articles on Aish.com and his books show that the flow of time has not always been constant, and that models of the Big Bang show that the six days is equivalent to 15 billion years in our modern time.
Bravo, Rabbi Tatz!

(3) Ronald Sevenster, July 7, 2016 2:03 PM

The Rabbi doesn't address the question of how sin was introduced in the world. If biological evolution is true, then it implies that the human race was a bunch of killers and fighters from the beginning, because it only emerged as a result of the survival of the fittest. This is certainly at odds with the Bible.

Kat, July 7, 2016 5:26 PM

Refreshing

Refreshing to see critical thinking and rationality on here :)

(2) michael, July 7, 2016 1:53 PM

The evolution fairytale will soon be scientifically trashed

(1) Reuven Frank, July 7, 2016 5:29 AM

YAY! Rabbi Tatz!!

Those interested should see Rav Tatz' first book:
"Anatomy of a Search".
Rav Tatz has an MD, and is not some "head in the ground" religious fanatic.
His description here of evolution and his "objections from a scientific point of view" are nothing short of brilliant!

 

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