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  • Faith in Religion, Confidence in Science

    By Roger Price

    August 5, 2015 | 10:47 am

    In response to a theoretical physicist’s article regarding developments in cosmology and the then current debate about whether the universe had a finite age or was in a steady state without beginning or end, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, initiated a brief...

  • The Birthday of the World and Pseudoscience

    By Roger Price

    September 18, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    Soon Jews will celebrate Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year. This year will be 5775 in the Jewish calendar.

    Rosh HaShanah, is sometimes called the “birthday of the world.” The reference is somewhat confusing, though. It does not concern the first day of creation as described in...

  • The Intriguing, Seductive and Ultimately Unsatisfying Anthropic Principle

    By Roger Price

    June 26, 2014 | 10:26 am

    Some believers in a traditional deity deny, or at least are skeptical about, certain claims of science. The issue may be the origin of the universe in a Big Bang, the age of the universe, the nature of the evolution of life on Earth or some other proposition.  In these instances,...

  • A Coming Out Tale: Getting Over My Embarrassment and Calling Myself Religious

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    February 12, 2014 | 12:30 pm

    I have always been cagey when detailing information about myself that might classify me as religious.  Not that I was ever embarrassed or cryptic about telling people I was Jewish.  Telling people I was Jewish when people asked what my Christmas plans were, or just offering up the...

  • WWMD? What would Maimonides do?

    By Roger Price

    January 4, 2013 | 11:26 am

    Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, Maimonides, also known by the acronym Rambam, lived over eight hundred years ago (1138-1204 CE). He never saw the planet Earth as Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders did on December 24, 1968, when Anders took the now iconic Earthrise photograph while flying...

  • Meet Ardi

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 1, 2009 | 7:35 pm

    Unless this is the first time you’ve check a news source today, you’ve already heard about Ardi, the ancient ancestor of Lucy. Huh? Let the Old Grey Lady explain:

    Ardi, short for Ardipithecus ramidus, is the newest fossil skeleton out of Africa to take its place in the gallery of...

  • The evolution of a high school controversy

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 5, 2009 | 1:35 pm

    Humorous story from the Sedalia Democrat about an uncalled-for controversy at a Missouri high school. The spark was this image used for its band t-shirt. Under the Smith-Cotton high school name and the evolution timeline are the words “Brass Evolutions 2009”:

    Assistant Band Director...

  • Understanding Islamic creationism

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 13, 2009 | 6:15 pm

    A friend at Religion News Service recently interviewed Salman Hameed, an assistant professor at Hampshire College who writes the Science and Religion News blog. The focus of their conversation was Islamic creationism, which I’ve discussed before. Here’s an excerpt:

    Q: How does...

  • Time to ditch Darwinism

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 17, 2008 | 11:04 pm

    Olivia Judson, who has been celebrating 150 years of “On the Origins of Species,” voiced her complaints yesterday with—would you believe it?—all the attention Darwin’s been given. It’s not that his fingerprint on history wasn’t massive; it’s just that she feels credit needs to be...

  • Thanks to the Intelligent Designer, evolution is speeding up!

    By JewishJournal.com

    December 13, 2007 | 9:16 pm

    You’ve probably seen video bytes of the YouTube doofus whose question about belief in the Bible (King James version) was featured in a CNN presidential-wannabe debate. 

    Mike Huckabee gave a good response:

    We’re running an article this week highlighting the answers to the same...

  • Simpsons evolution: Best. Couch gag. Ever.

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 3, 2007 | 5:42 pm

    The couch gag is one of my favorite parts of “The Simpsons.” This bit, used last night, was hilarious. If God’s creation formula included any human evolving directly from monkeys, not to mention primordial ooze, it certainly included Homer Simpson.

  • Is there really a superior race?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 20, 2007 | 4:18 pm

    Last month, James Watson, the legendary biologist, was condemned and forced into retirement after claiming that African intelligence wasn’t “the same as ours.” “Racist, vicious and unsupported by science,” said the Federation of American Scientists. “Utterly unsupported by scientific...

  • Spectator - My Husband,  the Rabbi

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The first time the word "rebbetzin" appeared in The New York Times was in 1931, in a review of a book about Yiddish theater. The term stood untranslated; the reviewer and his editors assumed that readers would understand the meaning.

    The word has gone in and out of favor among those...

  • Editor’s Corner - Junk Science

    By Rob Eshman

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Both sides ought to be properly taught," President George W. Bush told reporters in Texas Aug. 1, "so people can understand what the debate is about. Part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought.... You're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed...

  • It’s Time to Change

    By Jane Ulman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The oldest and most primitive human dates back about 7 million years, according to a skull found by scientists in Central Africa.

    "That's so depressing," I say to my husband, Larry. "I can't believe that in 7 million years we haven't evolved any further than this."

    "This" being...

  • Keys to the ‘Kingdom’

    By Tom Tugend

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "The ideals that form the moral compass of Western civilization, the belief that every human being has value, the belief that no one is above the law, the belief that how each of us treats our fellow human beings matters -- these were all the gifts of the Jews."

    So declares Carl...