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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 2016 Templeton Prize Laureate From Templeton:

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth who has spent decades bringing spiritual insight to the public conversation through mass media, popular lectures and more than two dozen books, has been awarded the 2016 Templeton Prize.

He also boldly defends the compatibility of religion and science, a response to those who consider them necessarily separate and distinct. “Science takes things apart to see how they work. Religion puts things together to see what they mean,” he wrote in his book, The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning.More.

Naturally, we wondered, so from our files, we found: Britain’s chief rabbi on the Brit riots: Restore civil society (but that means less Dawkins) [Bereft world weeps rivers.]

From elsewhere: Jonathan Sacks: Darwin pointed the way to an unselfish evolution:

Without fully realising what he had done, Darwin was pointing us to the central drama of civilisation. Biological evolution favours individuals, but cultural evolution favours groups. So, as Judaism and Christianity both knew, there is a war within each of us as to which will prevail: self-regard or concern for others, egoism or altruism. Selfishness is advantageous to individuals, but disastrous to groups, and it is only as members of a group that we can survive at all. As Darwin himself put it, “Selfish and contentious people will not cohere, and without coherence nothing can be effected.”

There are three ways of getting individuals to act in a way that is beneficial to the group. One is power: we force them to. The second is wealth: we pay them to. The disadvantage of both is that they leave selfishness untouched. They use external incentives. The danger is that strong individuals will outwit the system, using power or wealth for their advantage.

The third alternative is to educate them to see that the welfare of others matters as much as their own. No system does this more effectively than religion, for an obvious reason. Religion teaches us that we are part of the whole, a thread in the fabric of God’s creation, a note in the symphony of life. More.

But this, of course, is high-level, well-intentioned nonsense.

Darwinists are currently in a pitched battle among themselves over the selfish gene vs. group selection. Darwinism points in no particular direction and isn’t even well-evidenced today. The followers are mostly pure naturalist atheists. How can Rev. Dr. Sacks’s view be correct if the people most knowledgeable and concerned simply don’t feel it describes them or their views?

File:A small cup of coffee.JPG Oh well, it’s Templeton after all, and the rabbi will doubtless use the money for good.

See also: Natural selection: Could it be the single greatest idea ever invented?

Could we all get together and evolve as a group?

Remembering philosopher of biology  (William Provine 1942–2015): Naturalistic evolution has clear consequences that Charles Darwin understood perfectly. 1) No gods worth having exist; 2) no life after death exists; 3) no ultimate foundation for ethics exists; 4) no ultimate meaning in life exists; and 5) human free will is nonexistent. “Evolution: Free will and punishment and meaning in life” (1998 Darwin Day Keynote Address) Incidentally, the ID theorists respected and spent time with him because in a world where many consider it their duty to lie for Jesus about Darwin, he was a refreshing voice for honesty about naturalistic evolution.


Conclusions: What the fossils told us in their own words

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News, I absolutely agree. Not bad, "but fatally flawed;" in that aspect. Still, I am sure Lord Sacks loves much, and hence, no doubt; and I hope and pray, Love will forgive much. Still, great damage is done to perfect divine law in the Genesis Sabbath Commandment, which has been sold for thirty pieces of common descent, by believing humans are a big bang monkey type, and by not believing God generated the creation in six days with age built in. mw
mw above, I just mean that it helps to have a historical perspective. The rabbi believes that naturalism can be conflated with non-naturalism. So did many thinkers of his generation. They are wrong, and events demonstrate it in many ways. They are not bad people but they are proceding from fatally flawed assumptions. News
Thirty pieces of silver: the Templeton Prize. The Ten Commandments; the only scripture ever written by God/Yahweh, therefore the most important document in the world, some would say/believe. The Decalogue contains the Genesis Sabbath Commandment, pointing back to the Creation. Yahweh, Moses, Jesus, St Paul and St Peter, their writings (in Trinitarian terms Yahweh/Jesus are one in essence, therefore, in those terms of belief, Jesus wrote the Ten Commandments with the Holy Spirit) would be dismissed verbatim by the Templeton committee, and many Christians. It surely cannot be long before a pope sets in Vatican ‘stone' that evolutionism is the way, the truth, and life developed. The intellectual crucifixion. Christ, Moses, and every Sabbath from Sinai (Saturday/Sunday) linked to gross error on God's part! A blessed true lie. The second flood in intellectual form? Darwinism and evolutionism in general. However, there appears divine justice acting, it would seem if (2 These 2:9-11) is considered; a God sent "powerful delusion." “When a chain of reasoning leads us to deny the obvious, we should double-check the chain of reasoning before we give up on the obvious.” (Andrew Ferguson none Christian philosopher.) It is obvious we came from a simian and dirt bound minerals from the cosmic egg, enabling the intelligentsia to grow the imaginary giant bean-stalk of common descent. It would seem; Judaeo-Christians have all more or less collected 30 pieces of silver in these times. mw
Thank you News: “Oh, in fairness, MW at 1, he probably means well.” Indeed; certain Jews meant well when they crucified Jesus. No doubt the Pope means well when he seems to dance with evolutionism. After once again reading Darwin's religious views, written when he was 67, I retain my aged conclusion; Darwin was first out to annihilate the Judaeo-Christian God in order to credit his theory: ref., autobiography, pp 85-96, http://darwin-online.org.uk/content/frameset?viewtype=text&itemID=F1497&pageseq=1 Our ‘learned' leaders do not see Darwin's deadly message, which is not even hidden in his powerful beguiling consensus theory, because in intellectual pride many people want it so. mw
Oh, in fairness, MW at 1, he probably means well. It's just that religious leaders of a certain age often don't get what is happening. People who honestly believe in Darwinism usually do not remain Jews or Christians; indeed, they can't. Dr. Sacks can't make Darwinism something it isn't through good intentions alone, but he was bound to try. News
“Wonderful Counsellor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father (Isa 9:6), the Israelite prophet proclaims Jesus. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks clearly does not believe so. And another thing, creation in six days, given by the lawgiver Moses at Sinai; he must reduce to being a 'scoffing' matter. Divine law is grossly mistaken. Yahweh is made to look ridiculous to say such: Jesus to maintain such. Evolution theory is wonderful Counsellor. Scripture is subject to consensus science. Science is more mighty than divine law. Give such the Templeton prize. As for humans being created out of monkey types; from nothing, or against divine law, Orwell had the answer: "One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool." mw

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