Even College Educated Orthodox Jews Reject Theory of Evolution
Is the Flat Earth Society just another way to say minyan?
Alexander Nussbaum writes in Skeptic Magazine that,
The sample of 176 Orthodox Jewish students surveyed showed almost complete denial of evolution and other central tenets of modern science (such as the age of the universe); the survey also revealed that these students received their scientific beliefs not from their college science courses, but from rabbinical authorities, or from Orthodox Jewish scientists, who in turn propagate the anti-science views of rabbinical authorities. Perhaps the most surprising result of the survey was that the Orthodox Jewish students who were science majors were even less accepting of mainstream science than those who were not science majors.
Read the startling stats here!
The good news? Well, only 22 of 173 answered that the Sun revolves around the Earth.
Nussbaum expects this paltry number to grow over the years.
Nussbaum writes, “According to a recent poll, our education system continues to fail our Orthodox students who go to college.”
Or is instead it that the Orthodox educational system is succeeding?
Perhaps the leaders of Orthodox Judaism have assessed that there is no future for Orthodox Jewry nor (by their standards) for Judaism without all but a categorical denial of science in regards to both strict creationism and theories of human history.
Are they correct?Â Sure, they may lose some of their most precocious to the secular world, but won’t they retain more of the masses?
Orthodox Jews are fast earning a reputation as one of the most intellectually reactionary groups in the Western world.Â Perhaps it is well deserved.
Hat tip: Mis-nagid