An Analysis of Torah Concepts based on Discoveries in Space Exploration, Physics and Biology
Description: Intergalactic Judaism analyzes Biblical metaphors with the aid of modern scientific advances in space exploration, physics, biology and astronomy.
From the Introduction:
Astronomy and the space age have irrevocably changed our perspective of our place in the universe. A thousand years ago, many people believed that we lived on a flat Earth in a small, geocentric universe. Since then, we have found that the Earth is a tiny speck in a huge cosmos containing wondrous phenomena and structures.
In addition, scientists have probed the structure of the atom, discovering the surreal properties of subatomic particles and transforming our understanding of the nature of physical reality itself.
Is there a place for this cutting-edge science within Judaism?
Since God is omniscient the ultimate Scientist we should not consider modern discoveries as alien to His Torah. Facts that would only be discovered by humans thirty or forty centuries later were known to God when He spoke through the prophets, and it would be reasonable to suppose that these insights formed part of His message.
The Gaon of Vilna wrote in a similar vein, Everything that was, is and will be is included in the Torah even the details of every animal, plant and inanimate object, with all their features.
This notion has far-reaching implications. When God uttered metaphors referring to light, He knew that light bends in a strong gravitational field and that certain kinds of light can blast through solid rock. When He spoke of the heavens, He knew of the dark matter which permeates them. This premise enables us to revisit primordial Torah ideas and attempt to reconstitute them as they may have been understood by those who had deeper insight into them.
A simple Biblical reference to something from the physical world takes on startling new depths and dimensions when we bear in mind the knowledge offered to us by modern disciplines like astrophysics, quantum mechanics, meteorology, geology, biology and space exploration. Intergalactic Judaism seeks to investigate and enhance our understanding of the Torah in the light of the revelations of modern science, using these discoveries as a commentary on Biblical imagery while bearing in mind the sacred traditional explanations of the Torah that have been transmitted through the generations from Mount Sinai.
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