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In trying to find the best, most factually based argument against evolution, I found this which said that it just doesn't make sense because why would a creator take so long.

Are there any other factual / logical proofs from reliable Jewish sources that easily disprove evolution?

  • Genesis 1 do you rely on the Torah for facts? – Dr. Shmuel Aug 18 at 18:31
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    Not sure this is on topic – Double AA Aug 18 at 18:34
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    @Dr.Shmuel I've heard people say that before, but it doesn't make sense to me. Can you open up Mishpatim and derive all of Bava Kamma without looking at a Gemara or Mechilta? If not, why do you expect to be able to open up Bereishis and derive all of science? – Heshy Aug 18 at 18:49
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    @Dr.Shmuel Why can’t evolution be the mechanism by which Hashem created man? – DonielF Aug 18 at 20:28
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    Possible duplicate of Theology on evolution from khan academy – DonielF Aug 18 at 20:30
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I believe it is fair to suggest, though I naturally cannot provide a "source", that if there where "sources that easily disprove evolution" then someone who is introduced to the controversy would likely have encountered them because opponents of evolution would give preference to such arguments. Furthermore, I am not sure it is reasonable to presume that a dominant scientific paradigm can be "easily" disproven even if it where incorrect. It is dominant for a reason.

Additionally, while we could (but shouldn't) have a whole discussion of how to use terminology, a discussion of "factual based arguments", which I would take to best apply to material or concrete evidence, would be off topic here. Any way in which this question is relevantly addressed here would be philosophical/theological in nature as would be the arguments.

It is also worthwhile to be aware that throughout the Orthodox world many, if not most, do not believe the Theory of Evolution is incorrect or problematic. While there is a traditional preference for preserving the literal interpretation of Scriptures there are plenty who do not in this case and are not without some measure of support in doing so. It is worthwhile not to beg this question in a forum such as this.

Finally, and more to the point, the very notion of Creation יש מאין as described in Genesis implies a world that would have appeared to have had prior existence of both the material and the processes which typically created them. There is not necessarily reason to "disprove" processes which are said to have transpired prior to this point. To be certain, difficult questions remain, but probably not more difficult than uprooting a centerpiece of modern science.

  • Yirmeyahu, good answer. I would add that evolution, as a fact, would be hard to disprove, yet, I think you answered this well. – Turk Hill Aug 23 at 18:05
  • Also, I agree with you that G-d created the world out of preexisting matter, as matter cannot be created or destroyed, it follows, that matter always existed and G-d merely manipulated it to create the world. – Turk Hill Aug 23 at 18:23
  • @TurkHill Thank you for your compliment but I must note that this answer doesn't address my personal opinion and it also discusses Creation יש מאין, not Creation יש מיש. – Yirmeyahu Aug 23 at 19:23

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