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  Creationism - Crystalinks
While the term creationism was not in common use before the late 19th century, creationists consider their primary source to be the ancient Hebrew text describing creation according to Genesis and see themselves as being the philosophical and religious offspring of the traditions that held that text sacred.
Creationism or creation theology encompasses the belief that human beings, the world and the universe were created by a supreme being or deity.
Jewish creationism includes a continuum of views about creationism, on aspects including the origin of life and the role of evolution in the formation of species as debated in the creation-evolution controversy.
www.crystalinks.com /creationism.html   (2433 words)

 Brown, R. H. --- Scientific Creationism?
On the basis of the contention that creationism is a religious doctrine promoted by only certain segments of the Jewish and Christian communities, it is effectively argued that creationism has no proper place in public school curricula, particularly in science instruction.
Such treatment of creationism belongs in the public schools if science is to be taught soundly, in a climate of academic freedom and fairness, and with proper regard for constitutional guarantees.
Creationism that derives its basic ideas from the Hebrew-Christian scriptures, and then uses science to further develop those ideas, is Biblical creationism, a subcategory of Apologetic Scientific Creationism.
www.grisda.org /origins/08057.htm   (795 words)

 Creationism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The easiest of the ‘fringe’ areas to deal with is a belief system generally known as creationism, as it is the one that early archaeologists had to confront and it has consequently been refuted many times.
Creationism, in its broadest sense, is the belief that the entire universe was created by a divine being rather than by processes that can be explained by the laws of physics.
Protestant fundamentalist Christian creationism is the most prominent form in the western world (and in particular, the so-called ‘Bible Belt’ of the USA), because of the privileged position held by the numerous different forms of Christianity in these states.
kjmatthews.users.btopenworld.com /cult_archaeology/creationism.html   (710 words)

 Jewish Light Online
Betsy Dennis, executive director of the local branch of the American Jewish Committee, said the AJC "believes that the use of public funds to provide vouchers with which students may attend primary and secondary parochial schools is in violation of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause and therefore unconstitutional, including scholarship programs disguised as vouchers."
The Jewish Community Relations Council — which develops positions with the 19 community organizations on issues that are of particular concern — stands against intelligent design, according to Marilyn Ratkin, JCRC domestic issues director.
Still, the Jewish community seems to be monitoring many issues, including a TABOR bill — to cap state-raised revenue — which NCJW says it is monitoring with their coalition partner, the Missouri Budget Project.
www.stljewishlight.com /news/285123003058311.php   (5518 words)

 IntelligentDesign - IE 197 Wiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Creationism was never presented in any of my science or theology classes since a literal interpretation of the Bible was never recommended nor even given.
Intelligent Design has a historical link to Creationism, and is believed by a very small number of people who are considered by the scientific community to be “legitimate biologists,” (although who the scientific community considers a “legitimate biologist” could be another interesting thing to debate).
I was raised with jewish creationism belief, and first learned about evolution probably in middle school biology, but i never had a problem with it.
www.math.hmc.edu /ie197/wiki/IntelligentDesign   (2862 words)

 Evolutionary Creationism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Jewish theology asserts the opposite and practicing Jews affirm the principle in their twice daily recitation of faith (called the Shema), "Hear Israel, HaShem (2) our Lord, HaShem is one." The two names of G-d here (HaShem and Lord) express two modes of Divine interaction with creation.
Thus creationism, though it cites the Bible as its source, is a non-Jewish phenomenon, since it does not incorporate traditional Torah commentaries and perspectives on the subject.
Jewish law and metaphysics have always attributed practical significance to the presence or absence of a (legally acceptable) witness.
www.orot.com /ec.html   (10369 words)

 Science and Human Values - Creationism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Among the organizational plaintiffs are the American Jewish Congress, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the American Jewish Committee, the Arkansas Education Association, the National Association of Biology Teachers and the National Coalition for Public Education and Religious Liberty, all of which sue on behalf of members living in Arkansas.
Its applicants for membership must subscribe to the belief that the Book of Genesis is "historically and scientifically true in all of the original autographs." [Note 32] The Court would never criticize or discredit any person's testimony based on his or her religious beliefs.
The model act had been revised to insert "creation science" in lieu of creationism because Ellwanger had the impression people thought creationism was too religious a term.
www.rit.edu /~flwstv/creationism.html   (9969 words)

 Jewish and Israel News from New York - The Jewish Week   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Fearing the growing reach of Evangelical Christian doctrine into the classroom, a tiny Jewish community in rural Pennsylvania is largely supportive of 11 parents in the Dover Area School District who began a court battle this week to challenge their school board’s decision to require the teaching of “intelligent design” in ninth-grade biology classes.
Both the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Congress are among several groups that have filed amicus, or friend-of-the-court, briefs with the U.S. Court of Appeals in support of that decision.
Marc Stern, general counsel of the American Jewish Congress, said the Jewish community in general “sees it as an attempt to sneak biblical literalism and Evangelical Christianity into the public schools.” But he noted that there are some Orthodox Jews who agree with Evangelicals that the theory of evolution is an attack on religion.
www.thejewishweek.com /news/newscontent.php3?artid=11466   (1054 words)

 Howstuffworks "Types of Creationism: Flat-Earth and Geocentric"
In addition to a reading of Genesis as a factual account of the origins of the world, flat-Earthers and geocentrists also retain some of the ancient Hebrew conceptions regarding the structure of the Earth and the solar system, citing particular Biblical passages as the source of their beliefs.
Flat-Earth creationism states that the Earth is flat, immobile and the center of the universe.
Jewish creationists draw their view of the origins of life from the same place Christian creationists do -- a literal reading of the book of Genesis in the Old Testament.
people.howstuffworks.com /creationism1.htm   (584 words)

 The History of Young earth creationism - EvoWiki
The belief in the earth being thousands of years old once were embraced by some church theologians, philosophers, and historians over the centuries as a matter of personal opinion, not fact or dogma.
According to the young earth creationism wikipedia article as well as here, it is claimed that Abraham ibn Ezra (c.
However, This person was a Jewish rabbi along with astrologer, philosopher, and physician who lived during the time when science as we know it were completely unknown.
wiki.cotch.net /index.php/The_History_of_Young_earth_creationism   (841 words)

Evolution passes; young earth creationism is mute on the issue (though it would seem that something as immensely important to the history of life as DNA certainly should have been incorporated into a book that purports to explain the genesis of life).
Evolution passes; young earth creationism is mute on the issue (though I would again argue that something this basic should have been in the Bible if it is to be considered a source of scientific information).
CreationISM may be based on the Bible, or on the Koran, or on Indian legends.
www.ldolphin.org /creationism.html   (4957 words)

 All About Jewish Theatre - The Chosen : study for Jewish knowledge, observance, and tradition
His Jewish culture and performing arts credentials are as a playwright, director, critic, teacher, and producer.
He was a founding member of the Boston Jewish Arts Coalition; arts editor and president of Genesis2 - a Jewish political and cultural journal; founder and director of the Louisville Jewish Film Festival and Assistant Executive Director of the Louisville Jewish Community Center; and Interim Executive Director of Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.
Of course it exhibited a strong Jewish sensibility, not only in its content, but through the staging of the narrator, time and space conflation, and scenes that were both about Talmudic interpretation and written as though they were midrash (sacred commentaries on the text and life).
www.jewish-theatre.com /visitor/article_display.aspx?articleID=1857   (637 words)

I am simply a layperson, I have written this because I have come to espouse a view of Creationism that completely leaves scientific study of the age of the earth to scientists and does not require anything less than a literal translation of the first few chapters of Genesis.
Sailhamer's choice of the name historical creationism is partially motivated by his desire to call attention to the fact that his view is not new.
Another example are the early Jewish rabbis who thought Adam was made from the ground that the temple was built on (220).
hometown.aol.com /arkvow/creationism.htm   (6338 words)

 Creationism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Various forms of creationism are found; principally in religions of the Abrahamic faiths such as Christianity, and in some Dharmic faiths such as Hinduism, although such beliefs can be found in many other theistic religions.
The term creationism is most often used to describe the belief that creation occurred literally as described in the book of Genesis (for both Jews and Christians) or the Qur'an (for Muslims).
Many creationists (in the strict sense) would deny that the position is creationism at all, while on the other hand many scientists support such faiths which allow a voice to their spiritual side.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Creationism   (5857 words)

I believed in creationism, the Jewish and Christian god Yahweh and that Jesus had existed and died for my sins so I would go to heaven, not hell.
I didn't start to suspect that something was wrong with creationism until in my senior year when my Sunday School teacher tried to rectify Biblical creationism with the facts of evolution.
It is in recent decades that conservative Christians have gathered the economic and political (not scientific) power to attempt to force their religious belief of creationism into the schools.
www.concentric.net /~Worgar/creation.htm   (727 words)

 Creationism (ART Blurbs)
Creationism or "creation-science" is a term applied by the advocates of a strictly literal interpretation of the biblical account of creation.
Spokespersons for the mainstream religions, Catholic, Protestant and Jewish have officially come out against the creationist viewpoint as being not in agreement with modern biblical scholarship.
Kitcher is a philosopher of science, and devotes much of the book to explaining the methods of science while showing that creationism does not meet these standards.
www.cincinnatiskeptics.org /blurbs/creationism.html   (422 words)

 Machers Directory: Jewish: Science and Judaism
Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists - Presents the principles of the organization to assist those who are involved in Torah and science from the clergy to the lay person to the professional scientist.
Jewish Nobel Prize Laureates - Links to autobiographies of Jewish Nobel Prize laureates in chemistry, physics, economics, physiology and medicine.
Jewish Singles in Science - Matchmaking service for the community of Jewish singles and professionals interested in the "sciences".
www.machers.com /directory/Science_and_Judaism   (351 words)

 Judaism and evolution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jewish views on evolution includes a continuum of views about evolution, creationism, and the origin of life.
With the advent of Charles Darwin's evolutionary theory, the Jewish community found itself engaged in a discussion of Jewish principles of faith and modern scientific findings.
The RCA [2] notes that significant Jewish authorities have maintained that evolutionary theory, properly understood, is not incompatible with belief in a Divine Creator, nor with the first 2 chapters of Genesis.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Judaism_and_evolution   (2673 words)

 Apes in Eden?
Norbert Samuelson, Harold and Jean Grossman professor of Jewish studies at Arizona State University, is also secretary/treasurer of the national Academy for Jewish Law.
Each of the eight presenters, as well as the invited participants, was chosen for his or her interest in both Judaism and the sciences, as well as for being internationally renowned.
The weekend is being sponsored by the Harold and Jean Grossman Chair of Jewish Studies, together with ASU's program of Jewish studies, International Academy for Jewish Philosophy and Rodef Shalom Temple of Pittsburgh, Penn.
www.jewishaz.com /jewishnews/990205/apes.shtml   (589 words)

 Evangelical Christians and Orthodox Jews to Discuss Intelligent Design - Florida Jewish News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Leading evangelical Christian and orthodox Jewish thinkers will come together to discuss “How Should We Teach the Origin and Diversity of Species?” at the Sixth Miami International Conference on Torah and Science to be held at Florida International University's Kovens Conference Center, 3000 N.E. 151st Street, North Miami, on December 13-15, 2005.
Creationism is based on a specifically biblical account of the origin of the universe, whereas Intelligent Design is much more general and can be compatible with a variety of views, including the biblical version but not limited to it.
Nevertheless, some of the Jewish scientists whose papers will be presented at the conference showing evidence against evolutionary theory are not in favor of including Intelligent Design in the science curriculum of Jewish high schools.
floridajewishnews.com /articles/content/view/275/52   (447 words)

 God, As Revealed to.... @ AMERICAN DIGEST
Indeed, if there is any basis for this number at all it would seem to be derived by lumping together young Earth creationism, old-Earth creationism, day-age creationism, theistic evolution, neo-creationism, Jewish creationism, and a few others.
Creationism, it would seem, is a house of many mansions, and I suppose the could all add up in the mind of a Darwin to a big, bad threat.
While I accept that a few Christian denominations require their members to swear to the Biblical Creation story on, well, a stack of Bibles, the last time I checked there were any number of churches that had no such requirement, Catholic and Protestant.
americandigest.org /mt-archives/005967.php   (1144 words)

 Josephus - Antiquities of the Jews - Introduction
As a personal friend of the (as he had correctly prophesied!, 2 years prior…) newly inaugurated Roman emperor Flavius, Josephus moved to Rome where he had unparalleled access to the best scholars and libraries of the Roman Empire, even as his own people were being beaten down, enslaved, and harshly dispersed by Roman armies.
This was the time of Masada, of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and of the rapid explosion of the early Christian church - one part Jewish, and two parts gentile.
In most instances Josephus takes a defensive and explanatory posture in relating Jewish history to his gentile readership - but this was not the case concerning the Great Flood.
www.creationism.org /books/josephus/index.htm   (351 words)

 Intelligent-Design Ban: More Significant Than 'Christmas Wars' | The Jewish Exponent
While Jewish groups reacted predictably to a court ruling banning mention of "intelligent design" from Pennsylvania public-school classes, observers and legal scholars said the decision was more significant than other recent battles over church-state separation.
In the lead-up to this case, Jewish organizations made arguments similar to that of Jones in his ruling: The notion that the universe is so immensely complex that it must have been created by some intelligent force, they said, was simply creationism cloaked in secular language.
Phyllis Snyder, president of the National Council of Jewish Women, echoed the view of several Jewish organizations when she called Tuesday's decision a "resounding victory for religious and academic freedom.
www.jewishexponent.com /article/1956   (878 words)

 Virtual Talmud: The Taxonomy of Wonder - Jewish blog, Beliefnet blog on Judaism and Jewish issues, Rabbis blog
Let me start by saying that I think that evolutionary science provides the best description we have of how life came to exist in its present form, that intelligent design is junk science (at best), and that Judge Jones made exactly the right decision in the Dover School Board case.
The Jewish religious approach to how to understand the world–with radical amazement, with a sense in the world’s abiding goodness and purpose–is far more in keeping with intelligent design than with evolution.
She was one of the first women to receive rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
www.beliefnet.com /blogs/virtualtalmud/2006/01/taxonomy-of-wonder.html   (843 words)

 The Jewish Virtual Library - Acknowledgements
The Institute for Jewish Culture for permission to use the photo of Aron Isak.
The The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington for permission to reprint their history.
The Joint Authority for Jewish Zionist Education in the Diaspora in Canada.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/Holocaust/acknow.html   (4539 words)

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