Abraham Isaac Kook on Evolution

How evolutionary theory supports a mystical worldview.

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The exoteric essence of the Torah is its moral message and its insistence on the purposeful divine creation of the cosmos. Although the esoteric Torah does contain true science, we can currently learn only theology and morality from the exoteric Torah. In this way Kook preserves the verisimilitude of the Torah and neutralizes evolution's textual challenges to the Torah account of creation.

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Shai Cherry

Shai Cherry, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought at Vanderbilt University.