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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, March 13, 1981 5

-Creation Plus Evolution in the Jewish Tradition

(Continued from Page 1)
represented as a corporeal
being. Nor is it impossible
or difficult to find for them a
suitable interpretation. We
might have explained them
in the same manner as we
did in respect to the incor-
poreality of God and this
might have been easier .. .
"However, we have not
done so ... for the eter-
nity of the universe has
not been proved and

there is no need of scrip-
amora R. Samuel of Cap- Grow!' (Gen. R. 10:6).
"Important contemporary
tural passages to reject it
padocia concluded from a
"Other scholars maintain embryologists, too, assume
... It we were to accept
common feature in fishes that there are metaphysical that in ontogeny — the de-
the eternity of the uni-
and birds that the latter, factors that guide and direct velopment of the individual
verse as taught by Plato,
too, were created 'out of al- the existence and develop- during the embryonic
we should not be in oppo-
luvial mud': this can be pro- ment of. the organism. This period — there is an un-
sition to the fundamental
ved 'from the fact that birds. theory, known as teleology,
(Continued on Page 6)
principles of our religion
have - one their legs scales approximates to the reli-
. . . The scriptural text
like those of fishes' (Hul. gious view of the Creator's
OFFICIAL
AGENCY
might have been ex-
27b).
providence over His crea-
plained accordingly . . .
"At the beginning of tures. Some leading con-
But there is no necessity
the 20th Century the temporary evolutionists, al-
for this expedient, so long
naturalist De Vries though dissociating them-
as the theory has not
AUTHORIZED
(1848-1935) drew atten- selves from the teleological
been proved. As there is
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tion to the fact that in approach, nevertheless
no proof sufficient to
some flora and fauna admit that it is impossible
convince us ... we take
characteristics suddenly to explain' evolution on the
MOSES
MAIMONIDES
the text of the Bible liter-
appear which; though basis only of known forces.
asserts:
ally."
not present in their prog-
The existence in prehis- enitors, are transmitted Thus G. L. Stebbins, who
Maimonides is quoted by
made a study of evolution in
Dr. Yehuda Feliks, profes- toric times of gigantic ani- by heredity to the pro- flora, concluded that evolu-
sor of botany at Bar-Ilan mals, then extinct, is al- geny. These changes, tion can be explained by
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tion in the Enclyclopedia leviathan, the Rahab, and fortuitous, are in the view rected by a certain force of
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prints
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primeval
animals
Creation plus Evolution.
esses. Through the ac-
Prof. Feliks even terms a or remains of their skele- cumulation of these mu-
major portion Of his essay 'tons (footprints) of prehis- tations, organisms were
"Proofs of Evolution" and he toric reptiles have been dis- separated during mil-
covered near Jerusalem in lions of years of evolution
recent times), the ancients into strains, species, and
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