Contradictions Between Torah and Science:
The Creation of the Universe
By Professor Nathan Aviezer
Sunday February 10th, 2008
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Knowledge in the Realm of Science & Religion Are they Really
We all know
that G-d is the source of ultimate knowledge and truth. As such it
is impossible for any knowledge to contradict anything written in
the Torah since the entire Torah is directly from G-d. So when we
are faced with any information that seems to contradict the Torah we
don't have to search to see which one is true, but seek to
understand how they can reconcile the apparent contradictions. One
subject that lends itself to these apparent contradictions is the
creation story. For this reason during the past couple of months
Rabbi Haber's Sunday morning class has taken up the subject of
science and Beresheit.
One Sunday morning the class was privileged enough to
hear from a guest lecturer, Professor Nathan Aviezer of Bar Ilan
University. The lecture was a big hit with many community members
attending the class along with the boys who have class with Rabbi
Haber every Sunday morning. Professor Aviezer spoke with much
enthusiasm and insight, stressing the fact that the apparent
contradictions can be removed if we scratch past the surface. It was
also obvious that the people at the lecture intended to do so, for
Professor Aviezer sold all of the books he had brought with him.
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Professor Nathan Aviezer is Professor of Physics and former Chairman
of the Physics Department of Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Dr.
Aviezer is the author of more than 100 scientific articles on solid
state physics. In recognition of his important research
contributions to the theory of the electrical properties of
materials, Aviezer was honored by being elected as a Fellow of the
American Physical Society (1984) and a Research Professor of the
Royal Society of London (1992).
addition to his purely scientific research, Aviezer has a
long-standing interest in the relationship between Torah and
science. He is the author of the best-selling books ;
Beginning: Biblical Creation and Science (translated into nine
Faith: Understanding Torah and Science
(translated into three languages). Aviezer also teaches a
course at Bar-Ilan University on "Torah and Science," which was
awarded the prestigious 1999 Templeton Prize.