As part of the Rabbi Selig Salkowitz Memorial Distinguished Speaker Series, Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman will speak at Temple Israel about science and religion.
When we think about Darwinian evolution, we often think about fierce competition for resources, or how our genes influence our kids’ height, or how it might clash with religious teachings. But in fact, evolution by natural selection can help us understand the roots of morality, which can then inform Jewish law and Jewish ethics.
For centuries, religion provided answers for our ancestors to all of life’s questions. But as modern Jews, we usually look to science to tell us where we came from, who we are, or even how we should act. So how should we look at, think about, and talk about the relationship between science and religion in today’s world?