Zeiger, E. 2007.
BH 17:17-35. CELD ID 21449
|A unified view of Torah and evolution|
The unifying power of Kabbalah is optimally suited for a unification of Torah and science. We learn from the Torah that the concept of evolution, understood as the unfolding of Creation, permeates the divine plan underlying the destiny of the universe. G-d created Adam Kadmon; the four Worlds of Emanation, Creation, Formation, and Action; and the ten sfirot. G-d populated the universe with inanimate matter, plants, animals, and human beings. G-d created all living creatures via channels of energy called minim in Hebrew and named "species" by science. The divine origin of species is the reason why scientists have not been able to find evidence for the appearance of new species postulated by the scientific theory of evolution. On the other hand, the unfolding of the universe, described by science as an interplay between mutations and natural selection, is an integral part of the divine plan. In the Torah, natural selection is described as Divine Providence; and mutations, as free choice. After rectifying their koah ha'medameh (the power of imagination) scientists and religious scholars have a golden opportunity to unify their consciousness in a rectified theory of evolution and the universe.