Please remember that David is not a literalist creationist but an "ID" Theistic evolutionist; ie, he accepts evolution and the evolutionary timetable but merely believes that G-d, and not "natural selection," is the valid scientific explanation for evolution (at least at certain points on the evolutionary timetable). I of course disagree with him on this, but nevertheless think he does important work.
David mentions that most, if not all, of the "rabbis" signing the referenced letter are not Orthodox. I remind all readers that "non-Orthodox Judaisms" have no valid rabbinic ordination and that only Orthodox rabbis are in fact rabbis. This does not mean there are no Orthodox rabbis who are evolutionists, but it is still a most important point.
The unfortunate use of the phrase "simple-minded fundamentalist literalism" is a reference not to religious fundamentalism per se (ie, that religious truth is factually true as well) but rather to what Catholics call sola scriptura. It is unfortunate that so many Jews, Catholics, and Orthodox chr*stians confuse sola scriptura with fundamentalism. The true name of the sola scriptura position is not "fundamentalism" but Qara'ut (Qara'ism) in Judaism and Protestantism in chr*stianity. And since liberal, anti-literalist, anti-fundamentalist Protestants are every bit as sola scriptura as their fundamentalist counterparts, the use of the word "fundamentalist" to denote a position which may in fact be either fundamentalist or liberal is most unfortunate.
My past experience on FR is that Eastern/Oriental/Nestorian Orthodoxy is every bit as pro-evolutionist as any Catholic. David may not be familiar with this.
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All in all, a timely topic for the 25th of 'Elul.
Ping for your interest.
FR may not be an accurate source then. I recall a book recently published by a Father Rose (sorry I can't recall the full title), that defends the biblical creation view (contra old earth views) from an Eastern Orthodox perspective and extensively documents the historical fact that the Eastern church has affirmed a YEC position. In fact, a recent Catholic work has done the same for Catholic church history. (See Fr. Victor P. Warkulwiz, The Doctrines of Genesis 1-11: A Compendium and Defense of Traditional Catholic Theology on Origins).
Not quite. God saw everything that he had made, and it was good, except for man. God made man, but according to Genesis, He had no comment.
There certainly are Jewish creationists — I’m sure at least a dozen out there. The vast majority of Jews — not just liberal Jews — accept evolution and have for 100 years or more.
I head, from a very good source, that rabbis are allowed to date.