CAN A JEW BE BANNED FOR SUPPORTING EVOLUTION IN THE 21st CENTURY?
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OCTOBER 6, 2005 — Can a Jew be banned for supporting evolution in the 21st Century?
The answer, shockingly, is yes.
Usually, when we think of creationism and intelligent design we think of Evangelical Christians fighting to include Bible-based teachings in America’s public schools. The vast majority of American Jews are on the other side, struggling to keep non-scientific theories out of schools.
Now a small group of ultra-Orthodox rabbis have banned the books of a young rabbi because of his arguments in favor of Darwin, sparking an angry and divisive debate.
This is why the October cover of Ã¢â‚¬Å“MomentÃ¢â‚¬Â, the only non-partisan national Jewish magazine, shouts Ã¢â‚¬Å“Who Dares Defend Darwin?” In “The Heresy of Nosson Slifkin,” Ã¢â‚¬Å“MomentÃ¢â‚¬Â senior editor Jennie Rothenberg provides readers with a rare and powerful introduction to Jewish views on evolution. Her interviews with the banned rabbi, religious leaders, scientists and scholarsÃ¢â‚¬â€including intelligent design proponent David BerlinskiÃ¢â‚¬â€reveal the deep differences between Judaism and Christianity.
This fascinating story could only have been published in Ã¢â‚¬Å“MomentÃ¢â‚¬Â, the nation’s only truly independent Jewish magazine. Ã¢â‚¬Å“MomentÃ¢â‚¬Â is not tied to any denomination or political institution so we can call it as we see it and include viewpoints that no other Jewish magazine dares to publish.
For an interview with Ã¢â‚¬Å“MomentÃ¢â‚¬Â editor and executive publisher Nadine Epstein or with senior editor Jennie Rothenberg, contact Julie Leventhal (202-363-6422, email@example.com) or Lisa Newman (202-607-5472, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ã¢â‚¬Å“MomentÃ¢â‚¬Â is on the Web at momentmag.com, where you can read “Who Dares Defend Darwin?” Also look for our previous cover story, “The Unauthorized Spiritual Biography of Bob Dylan” by Nadine Epstein and Rebecca Frankel. The Washington DC-based Moment was founded in 1975 by Elie Wiesel and Leonard Fein.