Rabbi Isaac Sacca presents Pope Francis with Aviezer's Fossils and Faith: Understanding Torah and Science
Date: 2014-03-05 Hour: 15:05
Two well-known books authored by Bar-Ilan University physicist Prof. Nathan Aviezer were presented to Pope Francis at last week's meeting at the Vatican between the Pontiff and a delegation of Argentinean Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders and politicians.
The Spanish-language editions of both books were given to the Pope by Rabbi Isaac Sacca, Chief Rabbi of the Sephardic community in Argentina.
In Fossils and Faith: Understanding Torah and Science (KTAV Publishing House), Prof. Aviezer shows that scientific findings have become important tools for understanding many Biblical passages and for deepening one’s faith. Fossils and Faith deals with the very essence of religion – faith, prayer, miracles, free will, the creation of mankind, genetic engineering, life on other planets, chaos, the interaction between God and the world – showing how recent advances in science touch on each of these subjects in important ways.
Aviezer's other book presented to the Pope, In the Beginning: Biblical Creation and Science (KTAV Publishing House), combines an understanding of modern science with the scholarly insight of three millennia of rabbinical commentary to demonstrate the absence of contradictions between the scientific and Jewish approaches to creation.
From wikipedia's entry on Jewish views on evolution,
- Nathan Aviezer, a physicist who trained at the University of Chicago, allows for divine guidance within an evolutionary paradigm in the transmutation of species over time, including the emergence of modern man from homo erectus. As a physicist, he interprets the six days of creation as broadly referring to large periods of time, an interpretation for which he cites rabbinic sources, including Maimonides and Nachmanides. For Aviezer, the evolutionary framework applies, except where the Hebrew verb bara (create) is used. To Aviezer, "It is particularly meaningful that Modern Man is intellectually and culturally so vastly superior to his closest relative, the extinct Neanderthal Man, even though both species are very similar." He explains this through a literal interpretation of Genesis 1:27 — "And God created Man in His image."
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