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October 07, 1983 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-10-07

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10 Friday, October 1, 1983

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Evolution-Creation Battle Erupts in Israeli Schools

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taught there as literal
truth, both as part of the re-
ligious studies and in the
limited science curriculum.

Ultra-Orthodox schools
teach no science at all.
Some protagonists for the
change have views remark-
ably like those of the crea-

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tion science movement in
The 'other group who are
other parts of the world, strongly anti-evolutionary
especially the U.S., a are newly-religious persons
movement which is an out- who have come to Or-
growth of the fundamen- thodoxy from non-religious
talist Christian sects. In backgrounds. They now
fact most of the Israelis' ar- passionately reject evolu-
guments seem to be taken tion as strongly as they pre-
from them verbatim.
viously accepted it and
Both groups believe that yearn to be in the battle
the creation account in against it.
Genesis is literally true and
These newly-religious
is also an alternative scien- are heavily represented
tific explanation of the among the parents plan-
origin and defferentiation ning to go to the Supreme
of plant and animal species.. Court.
Both want the Genesis ac-
Parents who send their
count to be granted equal c hildren to non-religious
scientific standing with s chools and are satisfied
Darwin's theory of evolu- with them see this as an at-
tion which they claim is un- tempt to change them into
provable and not really sci- r eligious schools. They
entific.
trongly object to what they
In recent years, the f eel is creeping religious
struggle of Orthodox c oercion. After all, had they
Judaism with the non- wanted religious schools
Orthodox segments of Is- t hey would have sent their
rael's population has, c hildren there in the first
grown more intense. One
lace, they argue.
aspect is the contention
Many members of the sci-
that it is only reasonable e ntific
community (includ-
that the creation account i ng some religious scientists
be presented in secular w ho consider, with Darwin,
schools by' religious t hat evolution does not de-
teachers, who are the t ract from God's majesty but
only ones able to present r ather adds to it), object to
it properly and with con- c reation science as an at-
viction.
empt to: present religious
The social basis for the faith as science, by people
controversy is provided by w ho do not understand the
two disparate sections of theory of evolution. Others
Orthodox Judaism in Israel: a dd that if creation science
One section consists of i s
be presented in non-
young, moderately Of
eligios schools, then
thodox people who, in recent, e volution should be prop-
years, have moved into skil- e rly presented in all religi-
led technical and scientific c, us schools.
occupations via a number of
It is difficult to foretell
excellent religious voca- h ow this case will develop. If
tional and technical high it eventually gets to the
schools. These people are c ourt, it is not too farfetched
prepared to accept the prat- t hat the court might rule
tical technical benefits of t hat both views be given
science but are wary of the e qual presentation, equal
skepticism associated with ti me and equal credence in
it.
oth types of 'schools.
This group cannot ac-
At best this would be a
commodate evolution to
yrrhic victory for the
their beliefs. Yet they all too p etitioners. But neither
often come into confronta- would it satisfy their oppo-
tion with evolution and as- n ents.
sociated theories such as
geology which they feel
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rael,
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