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Just a Coincidence?

posted by David Klinghoffer

I admit to a fond wish to impute significance to coincidences. Cynics such as Matthew Cobb writing at Jerry Coyne’s blog, Why Evolution Is True, explain away such things, like they do absolutely everything, as a function of survival value tucked […]

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A Division of Labor in Creation

posted by David Klinghoffer

When we say that God created life and all the rest of the universe that serves as its backdrop, if we try to think of what this actually means, then how direct should we imagine God’s intelligent design to have […]

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Finding Your Own Enchantment in Torah

posted by David Klinghoffer

A reader, Sarah, wrote a poignant comment under an earlier post that pulled at my heart and that I thought deserved a more prominent response. She movingly regrets that she finds it impossible to discover enchantment in Orthodox Judaism or […]

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The Enchantment of Torah

posted by David Klinghoffer

Let’s talk about a word I’ve been thinking about a lot lately: enchantment. As often happens to me, and probably to you too, a number of things going on in my life have converged to get me contemplating a particular […]

Epicureanism & Masturbation

posted by David Klinghoffer

Some readers doubted my characterization of Epicurean philosophy as, among other things, advocating masturbation over sexual love between men and women. Perhaps it would have been more strictly accurate if I had attributed this teaching to Epicureanism, rather than to Epicurus. That’s […]

A “Heretic” in Jewish Terms? Someone Who Denies Intelligent Design

posted by David Klinghoffer

Last week some readers of this blog had a hard time accepting that the rabbinic term “apikoros,” a kind of heretic, denotes someone who rejects — if I may use the contemporary term — intelligent design. One fellow, by a […]

The Challenge to Judaism from…Judaism

posted by David Klinghoffer

My wife and I went out for dinner tonight and spent much of our conversation mulling over the challenge to religious belief posed by…well, religious belief and religious believers. I’ve often said that no obstacle to faith, for me, compares […]

Francis Collins Mangles Maimonides — Following Leon Wieseltier?

posted by David Klinghoffer

When I complained a couple of days ago about people who misrepresent Maimonides as a proto-Darwinist, then cited a newish biography by Joel Kraemer on the subject as solid evidence that Maimonides would be an intelligent-design advocate and that the […]

Maimonides on Intelligent Design, According to New Biographer

posted by David Klinghoffer

Gosh, I get so tired of cliches from religion-friendly mush-heads. According to one such cliche: Maimonides was a physician. A physician is a kind of scientist. Maimonides was therefore a religious scientist. Consequently any attempt to merge any science-flavored idea, […]

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 […]

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 […]

What About Stoning Adulterers, Then?

posted by David Klinghoffer

From Iran comes news that a 30-year-old man convicted of adultery has been stoned to death while his partner in “crime” was spared on account of her having repented. The Reuters story notes: According to Iran’s Islamic penal code, men […]

A Challenge to Atheists and Agnostics

posted by David Klinghoffer

Something that’s surprised me about blogging on Beliefnet is how many atheists seem drawn to a website devoted specifically to spiritual expression. One commenter told me to “Go away!” A little bit ironic, don’t you think? Anyway, I have a […]

Where Torah’s Philosophy Comes From

posted by David Klinghoffer

Over the Sabbath, my wife and my mother-in-law and I had the chance to hear a Torah discussion by Rabbi David Lapin, visiting from Toronto. A very understated and informal lecture on Jewish marriage law, but what charisma! You can hear him […]

Why Is God Subtle?

posted by David Klinghoffer

A commenter on my previous entry about God’s “tinkering” with nature asks: If God interferes (making miracles, making species) to show us that he and we are free, then why doesn’t he make that more transparent?  Why is it so […]

God “Tinkers,” He “Interferes.” But Why?

posted by David Klinghoffer

Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed asks, “Why would God design a world where he needed to tinker constantly to make things work?” OK, JC, I’ll take you up on that. The same blog post suggests that the idea of intelligent design hasn’t stood […]

Are “Miracles” an Insult to God?

posted by David Klinghoffer

Just in time for Passover (which is just past), Princeton University Press brings out a book that seeks to debunk the parting of the Red Sea — whose anniversary we Jews just observed two days ago on the seventh day […]

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Animal Wisdom: The Voice of the Serpent
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Reading Wesley Smith: Why the Darwin Debate Matters
If the intelligent-design side in the evolution debate doesn't receive the support you might expect from people who should be allies, that may be because they haven't grasped why the whole thing matters so urgently. I got an email recently from ...

posted 5:07:12pm Mar. 15, 2010 | read full post »

The Mission of the Jews
Don't miss my essay over at First Things on the mission of the Jews to the world. This, I think, the key idea that the Jewish community needs to absorb at this very unusual cultural moment, for the time is so, so right. Non-Jews are waiting for ...

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Darwin at the Mountains of Madness: Evolution & the Occult
Of all the regrettable cultural forces that Darwinism helped unleash, perhaps the most surprising and seemingly unlikely is its role in sparking the creation of modern occultism. Charles Darwin himself could not have been less interested in the ...

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