Science & Judaism

Science and Judaism

Jewish Responses to Modern Science

Scientific advances have posed new problems for Jewish law and ethics--organ transplants and artificial insemination are obvious examples. But no Jewish thinker has expressed the view that, because of the problems to which it gives rise, the advance of science should be halted.

Read more


Texts and Traditions

Maimonides on Science

Maimonides on Science

This Torah scholar was also a scientist.

Torah and Science

An Orthodox perspective.

Science in the Talmud

From astronomy to botany.

Science and Creation

A Jewish mystical approach.

Judaism and Science 101

The Bible and Talmud saw science and Torah as manifestations of the same divine truth.

Modern Insights

Psychology

Psychology

Jews have steered psychological inquiry since its inception.

Anthropological Studies of Judaism

A scientific approach to Jewish culture.

Sociology

Sociology of religion can help address some of the hard questions facing the Jewish world.

Psychotherapy and Teshuvah

Two processes that can happen when a person expresses a desire and commitment for change.

Judaism and the Social Sciences

What do Marxism, psychoanalysis, and structural anthropology have in common?


Controversies

Creationism and Evolution

Creationism and Evolution

The scientific theory of evolution seems to contradict the biblical account of creation.

Bible as Allegory

Recognizing the deeper meaning of the text.

Teaching Evolution

Evolutionary biology thrives alongside serious engagement with the Genesis narrative.

Intelligent Design

Jews weigh in on the debate about intelligent design in the American public sphere.

Science and Genesis

Contemporary approaches to reconciling discrepancies.

Books

Judaism and Science: A Historical Introduction

Judaism and Science: A Historical Introduction

By Noah J. Efron

The Challenge of Creation: Judaism's Encounter with Science

By Natan Slifkin

Genesis and the Big Bang: The Discovery Of Harmony

By Gerald Schroeder

Jewish Thought and Scientific Discovery in Early Modern Europe

By David B. Ruderman and Moshe Idel

Quiz Yourself

How much do you know about the relationship between science and Judaism?