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 Different?

The Dilemma

By Morris Dweck

      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).
            In 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 ; In the Beginning: Biblical Creation and Science (translated into nine languages) and Fossils and 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. 




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