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Jewish Tradition and the Challenge of Darwinism

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ISBN-10: 0226092771

ISBN-13: 9780226092775

Edition: 2006

Authors: Marc Swetlitz, Geoffrey Cantor

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Darwin’s theory of evolution transformed the life sciences and made profound claims about human origins and the human condition, topics often viewed as the prerogative of religion. As a result, evolution has provoked a wide variety of religious responses, ranging from angry rejection to enthusiastic acceptance. While Christian responses to evolution have been studied extensively, little scholarly attention has been paid to Jewish reactions. Jewish Tradition and the Challenge of Darwinism is the first extended meditation on the nbsp;Jewish engagement with this crucial and controversial theory. The contributors to Jewish Tradition and the Challenge of Darwinism—from several academic…    
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

List of Contributors
Historical Perspectives on Jewish Responses to Evolution
Introduction to Part 1
Anglo-Jewish Responses to Evolution
Responses to Evolution by Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist Rabbis in Twentieth-Century America
"Practically, I Am a Fundamentalist": Twentieth-Century Orthodox Jews Contend with Evolution and Its Implications
Social Uses of Evolution: Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Zionism
Introduction to Part 2
The Impact of Social Darwinism on Anti-Semitic Ideology in Germany and Austria, 1860-1945
The Evolution of Jewish Identity: Ignaz Zollschan between Jewish and Aryan Race Theories, 1910-1945
Zionism, Race, and Eugenics
Evolution and Contemporary Judaism
Introduction to Part 3
Crisis Management via Biblical Interpretation: Fundamentalism, Modern Orthodoxy, and Genesis
Torah and Madda? Evolution in the Jewish Educational Context
Modern Orthodoxy and Evolution: The Models of Rabbi J. B. Soloveitchik and Rabbi A. I. Kook
The Order of Creation and the Emerging God: Evolution and Divine Action in the Natural World
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