How Darwin Influenced Early Reform Judaism

How Darwin Influenced Early Reform Judaism

While fundamentalist Christians were gearing up for the new theological battleground of evolution in the late 19th century, Reform Jews were also engaging intensively with the subject, but in a completely different way. Not only were they interested in gaining deep knowledge of the science, they also saw the topic as a gateway into unusual topics, such as immortality and panentheism.

Daniel R. Langton, PhD is Professor of the History of Jewish-Christian Relations in the department of Religions & Theology at the University of ManchesterEngland. He and Rabbi Mitelman met at Clal’s LEAP Program, run in partnership with the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Daniel holds a PhD in History from the University of Southampton at the Parkes Institute for Jewish/Non-Jewish Relations.

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