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Rabbi Dr Zvi
Science, the Successful Idol
1. Consulting Wisdom to make Adam
Having consulted with the Six Days to provide for Adam’s body,
ELHM wished to make Adam wise –a Homo Sapience.
For that, says the Midrash (and RMBN) ELHM turned to
the very Beginning, where it says:
“In the Beginning, ELHM created the Heavens and the Earth.”
The Hebrew word for ‘beginning’ – BeReiShit – can be read as:
“At the Head of the Events, ELHM created…”
The first verse can therefore be read as:
“With His Head (or with the Wisdom in His Head)
ELHM created the Heavens and the Earth…”
Hence ELHM turned to
“The Wisdom in His Head by which He had created the world”
and said to it: “Let Us Make Adam in Our Form and Our Image.”
Wisdom consented, so ELHM Consulted it, like a builder consulting his plan,
and made Adam’s mind accordingly.
Let’s note that since ELHM created the world as a BUILDER and a JUDGE,
the Wisdom of ELHM at CREATION stands for two sorts of wisdom-
the Wisdom of Science, by which He created the world, and
the Wisdom find the truth and execute a truthful JUDGMENT.
Both types of Wisdom have a divine origin.
ELHM consulted them both and made Adam’s mind accordingly.
Let’s consider the first Wisdom – Science.
That consultation was a tremendous gift to Adam,
giving him a mind that can decipher all the mysteries of the Universe,
enabling Adam to survive and thrive in ELHM’s world.
Yet, this very consultation, has also rendered Science
a magical status in Adam’s mind. Adam would be forever
enchanted by it, fascinated by it, adore it and even be tempted
to worship it.
ELHM therefore says to Adam –
My son, my daughter, use your Wisdom and Science for your benefit,
enjoy it, be fascinated by it – but do not surrender your life to it,
do not worship it, thinking it would solve all your problem.
Always remember me, the One Who has Planted that Wisdom of Science
in your mind!
The most successful idol
We may call science a successful idol, since it is based on success.
It takes a small success in the lab, and turns it to a tremendous success
in real life.
For instance: On Dec 17, 1903 the Wright Brothers managed to fly
their first tiny aircraft for only 12 second, then landing it without crash.
That small success has led to the tremendous fleet of plains we have today.
Another example: In 1895, Dr. Wilhelm C. Rontgen discovered X rays by accident
which has led the tremendous growth of X rays Rontgen machines,
that changed medicine.
Another example: in 1880, Thomas Alva Edison introduced the first
electric bulb, a small success in the lab that has changed our world.
Another example: On Oct. 1969, two separated computers talked to each other
the first time ever. One was in LA, the other in Stanford. Each computer
was the size of a small house. The first message – LOG IN – was short,
and only two letters were exchanged, yet this small success has led to
Thus, science’s success has been capturing Man’s fascination and adoration,
so much that in many people’s mind it has replaced G-d.
People believe it can solve all of our troubles in life.
But the threat to religion presented by science has come
not only because of its success, but, rather, because of its
2. Modern Scientific Method as a Threat to Religion
The Scientific Methodology that we use today,
came to the world at the 18th century
by the great philosopher of Science, Emanuel Kant.
Kant set up the Rule of Pure Reasoning, that says:
every person should have the courage to follow only
his Pure Reason, rejecting any dogma or theory that
might be imposed on him by authorities, priests or kings.
Kant went on to set up his second rule of Pure Reason Critique.
saying that we should consider for science only items that can be
validated by our senses,
or measured by our instruments,
or tested by experiments in the lab,
or expressed by mathematical equations,
or produce new product such as technology.
All other scientific theories, such as G-d’ intervention theories,
as charming and as appealing as they might be, should be
removed to the supernatural, transcendent realm
that can never be validated.
Thus, when an apple falls from a tree on your head,
do not consider the “G-d Hypothesis” as a scientific factor,
saying that G-d has caused it, since G-d can’t be sensed by our senses,
can’t be measured by our instrument, can’t be described by
mathematical formula, and can’t produce any new technology.
When dealing with a falling apple from a tree, for instance,
consider only factors that can be sensed or measured.
such as gravity F, the apple’s mass M, its acceleration g,
then arrive at Newtons’ Formula: F=Mxg square.
Moreover, a scientific formula is valid if it allows us to expand it
as a general rule of nature, Thus, Newton’s formula is valid because
It can be is expanded to describe not only the falling apple,
but the attraction of the Moon by Earth, and the Earth by the Sun.
Any valid new Scientific theory should not consider
the God Hypothesis as a factor
So, while in the past G-d was seen as an intermediator
between us and Nature, after Kant we’ve learned to
remove G-d from our scientific considerations and use
only Pure Reasoning, scrutinized by Pure Reason Critique.
Do not mix science with religion
The removal of G-d from any scientific consideration
has led to the secularization of the western society,
namely to the Enlightment movement that swept Europe.
It seemed that science has driven out G-d from the mind.
But the truth is that Kant was right, and a scientific theory
should NOT mix religion with science.
One cannot, and should not, for instance, attempt to prove or disprove
the existence of G-d by a scientific theory or findings.
The Torah says that science is a mere gift – a precious one –
given to us by our CREATOR, ELHM, when He said at our creation,
“Let Us Make an Adam in Our Form and Our Image.”
He consulted the “Wisdom by which He had created the Six Days”
and made our mind accordingly.
The Torah says to Man: use science for your benefit, enjoy it,
be fascinated by it, but never make it an idol. But at the end of the day,
remember me, the One who has planted the Wisdom of science in
Kant’s scientific method, and the Principle of Pure Reasoning,
has spelled out to MORALITY. According to Kant,
we should remove G-d not only from scientific theories,
but also from our MORALITY.
Each individual, Kant said, is free to choose and follow his own
Pure Reasoning, deciding for himself what to accept or reject
as a moral conduct.
Moreover, we should accept such a moral conduct – only if we would agree
that the same rule would apply equally to everyone in our society,
so that everyone would be happy with it.
Hence, according to Kant, Man does not need G-d anymore
to set up our morality. Instead, we should propose and follow
our own Pure Reasoning that knows well what is good for us.
Needless to say, today we know how naïve Kant was by assuming
that Man’s Pure Reason would lead to the goodness of everyone.
When the mass murderer Adolf Eichmann, the architect
of Auschwitz and the holocaust, was placed in trial in Jerusalem,
Eichmann defended himself by arguing that his Nazi behavior
was in line with Kant, obeying what seemed to him
the moral law of his society.
3. How Marvelous is our Mind!
Kant was fascinated by the way our “reasoning” fits nature,
Our brain, he said, was formed in the womb to comprehend nature.
It is as if, Kant said, our brain is a “box” of templets, set us “A Priory,”
meaning “in the uterus,” to develop scientific mathematical formulae
that describe the laws of nature.
Kant was so fascinated by this idea that he even proposed that
our brain “dictates” the reality of nature as we perceive it.
But unknowingly to him, Kant only discovered what Moses
had already said, that to make Adam, ELHM consulted
His Wisdom and Science by which He had created the world
, and made Adam’s mind accordingly.
No wonder that Man’s mind can come up with theories
that perfectly match what we see in Nature.
4. Attacking the Bible in the Name of Science
Another attack of science against religion stamps from
the scientific findings themselves,
Historians and archeologists have challenged the validity of
the stories in the Bible about the Exodus, about Sinai revelation,
even the existence of Joshua or King David. Scholars have argued
that the Five Books of Moses were written by different authors living
in different times.
Those claims have been dispelled. The Biblical Computer Code
has shown clearly that the five Books of Moses have a common,
one author. The validity of the Exodus has also been proved,
as well as the existence of David.
Earlier in our classes we’ve shown how the story of Genesis does
fit well the history of Earth as shown by the History Channel videos.
It is amazing to see how Moses’ words match perfectly well the
scientific findings of Archeology, Geology, Biology, Astronomy about
Earth’ history, including the entire Evolution!
Darwinism that once posed a challenge to the Bible
has proven incapable of describing the Evolution.
For instance, the sudden explosion of life in the ocean during
the short time of the Cambrian Period, which fits Moses’ Fifth Day.
That ‘explosion’ is beyond what random mutations and natural selection
Darwinism can’t explain the origin of the DNA in the firs cell.
If a protein molecule would evolve by random mutation and natural selection,
It would take more time than the Cosmos’ existence!
Science is a successful idol since it has successfully improved
and prolonged our lives; since it has eradicated diseases
and improved our communication.
In the eyes of many, G-d has become ‘obsolete
How then would Noahides relate to science?
One way: Think of Noah’s Ark.
1. Noah’s Ark as a Scientific Symbol
You see, G-d could have saved Noah and his animals by
forming a bubble around him or by any other miracle.
G-d ordered Noah to build a scientifically sound floating device,
an Ark whose dimensions assure that it would never capsize.
It was built by aa smart formula:
Its length, 300 ama, was six times longer than its width, 50 ama,
and ten times longer than its height, 30 ama.
Its pyramidal shape and slanting walls assured that
the rain water would wash off to the sea.
The Ark also had neither front or a back,
since it was not supposed to go anywhere, just stay afloat.
When loaded, the Ark’s center of gravity was below the waters’ surface,
so that it might wobble yet stay upright.
The Talmud says that many builders copied the Ark’s formula
and built their own arks, that stayed upright over the water
and never capsized.
By this, G-d is sending us a message, that we too
should use Science to protect us from Nature and its calamities.