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June 2009 Archives

Abortion & “Worldview-Induced Blindness”

posted by David Klinghoffer

The news that babies in the womb can hear and enjoy music leads Chuck Colson to a helpful formulation: “worldview-induced blindness.” A PBS documentary, The Music Instinct: Science & Song, notes and demonstrates this amazing fact about unborn children but the documentarians […]

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On Testing and Temptations

posted by David Klinghoffer

Regarding the little interchange on gay marriage you may have noticed going on between this blog and Dan Savage readers at The Stranger, it’s been a minor nuisance unpublishing the obscene, angry, abusive comments from gay-marriage advocates. From dealing with the […]

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How Evolution’s Co-Discoverer Came to Doubt Darwin in Favor of Intelligent Design

posted by David Klinghoffer

That’s right, Alfred Russel Wallace. I’ve got a two-part interview with the author of a very interesting new book that tells the story over at Evolution News & Views. (UPDATE: An AP story that you can read at MSNBC recalls […]

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How Women Will Be Hurt by Gay Marriage: A Postscript

posted by David Klinghoffer

Oh, now I know where all the incredibly nasty and vulgar commenters came from who joined our discussion when I posted Joshua Berman’s reflection on the threat gay marriage would pose to women. It was linked by editor Dan Savage […]

Does God Evolve? A Surprising Answer

posted by David Klinghoffer

Robert Wright is winning praise with his new book, The Evolution of God, suggesting that indeed, our conception of God evolves and improves, even if in all likelihood this also means that God is a figment of our imagination. I […]

Thomas Jefferson, Intelligent Design Advocate

posted by David Klinghoffer

Yes, that’s right the famous “deist,” skeptic, and author of the Declaration of Independence judged that there was empirical evidence of a designing intelligence at work in biology, cosmology — and norms of justice, which in turn justified him in […]

Korach and Liberalism

posted by David Klinghoffer

A helpful psychological and political insight emerges from this week’s Torah reading, Korach (Numbers 16:1-18:32): Always be skeptical of someone’s politics when you see that it increases his prestige in the eyes of high-prestige society. Liberté, égalité, vanité. Pictured above by Botticelli, […]

Were the Founders Noachides?

posted by David Klinghoffer

A caller on the Michael Medved show yesterday tried to argue with MM that our country’s Founding Fathers were Noachides — or perhaps what he meant to say was that they included Noachides somewhat on the model of Abraham Lincoln, […]

Strip Clubs v. Darwinism

posted by David Klinghoffer

With a strange regularity, it happens that readers who haven’t read the subtitle of this blog will object in the comments box that I don’t seem to offer new scientific evidence for intelligent design or against Darwinism. They assume that’s […]

If the Children of Israel Were Giant Squid

posted by David Klinghoffer

Purportedly religion-friendly Darwinists like genome scientist Francis Collins and biologist Kenneth Miller get a lot of mileage out of reassuring the faith community that Darwinism poses no threat to traditional religion. As I noted the other day, neither thinks it […]

How Women Will Be Hurt by Gay Marriage

posted by David Klinghoffer

National support for state-sanctioned gay marriage has slipped recently. Thank goodness.  A while back I pointed out to you a midrashic tradition on Leviticus 18:3 that notes a feature of life in morally corrupt ancient Canaan: they practiced gay marriage, […]

Are Humans In God’s Image? Even Darwinists like Francis Collins Say, Effectively, No

posted by David Klinghoffer

When you look at your face in the mirror, is what you see the stamp of God’s own image — not His face, because He doesn’t have a face or a body or any physical aspect, but His spiritual image? […]

The Scandal of Orthodox Irrelevance

posted by David Klinghoffer

This is the kind of thing that breaks my heart. The Forward, Jerusalem Post, and other media outlets are either chortling over or utterly bemused by a spat between two top contenders to be Israel’s next Sephardic chief rabbi. The […]

An Agnostic Who “Gets” the Hebrew Bible

posted by David Klinghoffer

In a really interesting if slightly bizarre exchange between Robert Wright (The Evolution of God) and economist Tyler Cowen, Cowen, not a conventional religious believer and not Jewish, goes on about the Hebrew Bible and how it stands out from […]

When Cultures Collide in “The Pit of Hell”

posted by David Klinghoffer

I did a radio interview today with a fellow down in Texas who had a real preacher’s style. Entertaining guy but at one point he asked, letting his voice rise and rise like he was at the pulpit, “David, would […]

Two Cheers for Jews for Jesus

posted by David Klinghoffer

The Perplexing Sentence of the Day Award goes to Hadara Graubart at Tablet who responds to my posts on shunning Messianic Jews (emphasis added): Klinghoffer pats himself on the back for “daring” to suggest that Messianic Jews have something in common with […]

Messianic Judaism & Theistic Evolution

posted by David Klinghoffer

It is, of course, the comparison that only this blog would dare to make. But isn’t it obvious? Messianic Jews, of whom we spoke in the previous entry, think you can coherently believe in Jesus and Judaism. Theistic evolutionists think […]

Should Jews Shun “Messianic Jews”?

posted by David Klinghoffer

Back in 1998, at the time of Israel 50th birthday, my friend Rabbi Daniel Lapin withstood a harsh round of controversy and criticism from the Jewish community when he spoke at a huge Christian pro-Israel conference in Orlando, Florida. Why? Because […]

Darwin’s (Failed) Predictions

posted by David Klinghoffer

Over at Evolution News & Views, I have a two-parter up on Darwinism’s failed predictions, an interview with molecular biophysicist Cornelius Hunter, that I recommend to you. Excerpt: The testability of scientific ideas by making predictions about reality is a favorite […]

Religious Conversion as Fantasy Role Playing

posted by David Klinghoffer

A new video of American Al-Qaeda-nik Adam Gadahn, a/k/a Azzam the American, includes Gadahn’s admission that his grandfather was Jewish — “a Zionist and a zealous supporter of the usurper entity and a prominent member of a number of Zionist hate organizations. He used […]

Provincial Orthodoxy — A Formula for Healing Judaism’s Divisions?

posted by David Klinghoffer

An interesting article in New York’s Jewish Week covers the phenomenon of Reform and Conservative temples merging. Outside New York City, here in the provinces, the ideological differences between the two liberal Jewish denominations don’t matter much to people. This […]

Religion’s Dark Side, and Evolution’s

posted by David Klinghoffer

Over at Evolution News & Views, I reflect on the question of whether it’s “beyond the pale” to read, quote from, and reflect on the worldview implications of James von Brunn’s addled thoughts on evolution and eugenics. Excerpt (keep reading […]

What if James von Brunn Had Been an Intelligent Design Advocate?

posted by David Klinghoffer

For those who objected to my post yesterday quoting Holocaust Museum shooting suspect James von Brunn on the role of evolutionary doctrine, however distorted, in his rationale for racism, let me ask you a question. Try this thought experiment. If […]

How to Write Comedy for Comedy Central

posted by David Klinghoffer

Our first-grader, Ezra, recently boasted that his buddy Baruch taught him how to be “sarcastic.” The secret? You say the opposite of what you really think, drawing it out in a slightly lower pitched voice, while rolling your eyes up […]

James von Brunn, Evolutionist

posted by David Klinghoffer

Now isn’t this fascinating. James von Brunn, the white-supremacist suspect in today’s Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting in which the guard who was shot has now tragically died, describes the relevance of evolution to his sick thinking. He’s obsessed with “genetics.” He […]

Did You See My Alps?

posted by David Klinghoffer

A story in the brand new, sharply designed and overall very intriguing new Jewish web magazine, Tablet, describes the Jewish infatuation with the Alps. The best line, cited at the end, is the famous one from Rav Hirsch:  Samson Raphael Hirsch, […]

Holocaust Memorial Shooting: Don’t Hyperventilate

posted by David Klinghoffer

From early reports, an 88-year-old white supremacist opened fire with a shotgun at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., seriously wounding a security guard and sustaining fire in return before being apprehended, also seriously wounded. There are all […]

A Spooky Story about the Lubavitcher Rebbe

posted by David Klinghoffer

I’m thinking of the night the Lubavitcher Rebbe died, which was exactly 15 year ago this coming Friday, June 12, 1994. I’m not Chabad — a fellow traveler at best, and that only pretty recently — but I have a […]

A “God Gene”? Or Spiritual Heliotropism?

posted by David Klinghoffer

Marvin Olasky spoke at the Discovery Institute yesterday and I had the opportunity to bounce off him a small heresy I’ve been cultivating. Olasky is the editor of World Magazine, a conservative Christian biweekly that I admire, and provost of […]

Who Is a Jew? It Depends

posted by David Klinghoffer

The news today brings multiple promptings to remind ourselves that the question of what a Jew really is can be answered in a couple of different ways.  Jeffrey Goldberg reminds some of his anti-Semitic email correspondents that Treasury secretary Tim Geitner […]

Jeremiah on Theistic Evolution

posted by David Klinghoffer

I can’t leave the discussion about the religious reconcilers of God and Darwin without quoting Jeremiah on false prophets (6:13-16), who plied their trade by going up and down among the people telling them exactly what they wanted to hear: […]

Are Religious Liberals Useful Idiots or Just Idiots? Darwinists Debate

posted by David Klinghoffer

An enjoyable internal squabble has been going on in the overlapping New Atheist and Darwinian communities. The intensity level just went up a notch. One faction thinks religious liberals are useful to the cause, scientifically and politically, and should be […]

Why is Holocaust Denial “Hateful”?

posted by David Klinghoffer

That’s the word President Obama used both in his Cairo speech and again at his Buchenwald concentration camp visit today: “To this day there are those who insist that the Holocaust never happened, a denial of fact and truth that is baseless and […]

A Challenge to Islam-Bashers

posted by David Klinghoffer

To conservatives who this morning are decrying Obama’s Cairo speech for making nice with Islam, I would ask, realistically, what would you have had him say? Should he have condemned Islam, really raked it over the coals, as some conservative […]

Raichu! Gesundheit!

posted by David Klinghoffer

When I got home from work last night, our 7-year-old rushed up to me. He’s currently obsessed with Pokemon cards — which I had thought went out of business long ago but evidently I was wrong. He breathlessly explained, “Dad, […]

Orthodox Jews Desperately Need to Learn How to Communicate for Public Consumption

posted by David Klinghoffer

That’s the simple lesson from the Rabbi Manis Friedman affair, which, if you haven’t looked into it, you’re probably better off. What on earth was he thinking? It will blow over quickly, but what a bad day for Chabad. And […]

Why Paleocons Hate Neocons

posted by David Klinghoffer

The purpose of this blog is to tease out the worldview of the Hebrew Bible, with implications for everything from politics to family life to the history of life’s development on earth. Much of liberalism can be explained as a […]

The Wages of Biblical Religion

posted by David Klinghoffer

A reader of yesterday’s entry on the first anti-Darwinists challenges me, in effect, to explain why if secularism is so deleterious to social health, why does a more religious culture like America’s seem beset by problems from which secular Europe […]

Abortion as Capital Offense? Judaism’s View

posted by David Klinghoffer

In the spirit of looking facts in the face, let us admit what Jewish law actually prescribes: Abortion in the context of a non-Jewish nation like America is a death-penalty offense. My point is not that America should now write […]

When and Why Anti-Darwinism First Arose

posted by David Klinghoffer

I’m a big fan of Rod Dreher. His Crunchy Con blog rarely fails to enlighten me, so I’ve been looking forward to his reflections on faith and science, generated by his current visit to Cambridge University as a Cambridge-Templeton fellow. […]

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