The Case in Favor.
Brit-Am researches the whereabouts of the Lost Ten Tribes. That is our main concern. We try to avoid issues that may divert or detract from what we are about.
Nevertheless, it is worth knowing about what is going on. Here and there against our will we have had to challenge conventional science.
The misrepresentations of DNA, conventional chronology, Megalithic Monuments (dolmens ,etc) and other matters have led us to explore alternative explanations.
The following series of articles will explore some of these.
Much of the moden theories that we disagree with, either wholly or only in part, emanate from assumptions derived fromt he Theory of Evolution.
Rabbi Avigdor MILLER [See: Rabbis Quoted, MILLER] wrote several books and was very active in challenging the Theory of Evolution.
For the sake of the record here is an outline of the argument of those who DO ACCEPT Evolution.
The following extracts present to some degree the pro-Evolutionary case in a way that could be compatible with Biblical and Rabbinical Sources..
The Theory of Evolution - A Jewish Perspective
Avraham Steinberg, M.D.*
The modern Theory of Evolution based on biological data began to develop in the 18th and 19th centuries by several scientists, mainly by Charles Darwin (1809-1882). Indeed, the modern theory of evolution is most identified with Charles Darwin and his famous book: The Origin of Species. It was first published in 1859, and subsequently there were six revised editions, the latest one published in 1872.
... In the beginning of the 20th century various basic assumptions of the original Darwinian theory were found to be scientifically invalid, and the theory was in disarray. In the 1940s the evolutionists recruited scientists from different disciplines in order to revive and modernize Darwin's theory. They proposed fundamental changes and developed the modern synthetic theory of evolution, currently known as the neo-Darwinian theory.
Nothing in Jewish faith negates the explanation of random mutations as the cause for intra-species changes. The micro-evolutionary processes have been demonstrated time and again and hence are experimentally proven facts acceptable by Judaism. Indeed, already early rabbinic authorities described numerous intra-species changes between the Talmudic period and their own. They called it 'Nature has changed'. A summary of such changes can be found elsewhere.12 There is, thus, a mutual agreement that changes (i.e. mutations) are constantly occurring in nature.
Various fossils have been discovered in different geological layers, which point to the existence of different species over time. In general, the earliest creatures, which are also the simplest in structure, are found in the oldest geological layers.
Nothing in the Jewish faith negates this observation. In fact, the Biblical story of creation in Genesis describes a gradual creation of creatures from simple to more complex, and finally to Man. The difference in the interpretation of these observations between evolutionists and religionists will be discussed later.
Throughout the long existence of the earth several major catastrophes occurred due to extreme and abrupt climate changes and meteorite collisions, causing the extinction of various forms of life.
The Bible relates to several such catastrophes, i.e. the Deluge. Also, we find in ancient Jewish sources descriptions of various extinct creatures: the huge sea monsters (taninim),13 which some interpreters refer to as dinosaurs;14 the tachash,15,16 an animal which existed at the time of Moses but is now extinct;17 the wild adanim,18 which some identify as animals resembling humans, such as apes and gorillas;19,20 the achbar, a type of rodent, half flesh and half earth;21,22 the salamandra, which is interpreted to be a type of a lizard;23 and others. Moreover, the first-created human being, Adam, underwent significant changes: he was a giant, but when he sinned God placed His hand upon him and diminished him;24,25 according to one view, Adam was created by God with two countenances and a tail from which Eve was created;26,27 another view states that he was an hermaphrodite28 and the fingers of his hands were fused; only from the era of Noah were human beings born with separated fingers.29 In the mystical literature, several types of Man other than Adam are described.30 The difference in the interpretation of these observations between evolutionists and religionists will be discussed later.
No one has ever demonstrated a transition from one species to a totally different other species, such as a half fish/half reptile or a half ape/half human as a sign of transition from one species to another. In fact, creatures have always appeared suddenly and fully formed in the fossil record.
... On the other hand, from a Jewish point of view there are numerous ancient sources that point to the fact that the universe is much older than 5,770 years or that one could find evidence for older worlds. Some ancient sources state that God created earlier worlds and destroyed them.39,40 Other sources state that before Adam, the first man according to Genesis, there were 974 generations which were destroyed because of their sins.41 In addition, the time reckoning during the six days of creation, as described in Genesis, might not have been the same as the time reckoning we know today because a thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past,42 indicating that 'a day' to God is different than that of humans.43-45 Also, the biblical expression 'one day' rather than 'first day' is distinguished from the expression of the following days of creation which are enumerated as 'second day', 'third day', etc. This is to emphasize that the first day of creation was inherently different than the rest of creation, because there was complete chaos and there was no light; hence, this 'day' is beyond measure of time and space. '
Evolution Bible Style
an article by Gerald Schroeder
For a Creationist-Type Account based heavily on Rabbinical sources see:
Rabbi Brown. Divine Command. An Alternative to Conventional Evolutionist Doctrine.