Darwin's Jews: Evolutionary Theory, Jewish Thought and Interfaith Relations

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This is the first monograph to attempt to survey Jewish responses to the theory of Darwinian evolution, perhaps the single most disturbing and influential idea of the industrial age. It offers a close reading of the most interesting and stimulating examples of constructive engagement with the theory in Europe and the US from the 1860s until the 1960s. While highly selective in terms of the individuals treated to a close reading, it provides wider context in terms of the religion-science controversy, and implications for interfaith relations. In particular, it argues that, from the beginning, Jewish approaches have often reflected a pan(en)theistic tendency, that is, a sense that God can be identified with an evolving Universe itself, although He is more than the Universe.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication statusSubmitted - 22 Jan 2024


  • Darwinism
  • Judaism
  • panentheism
  • pantheism
  • religion and science studies
  • Jews
  • eugenics
  • Jewish-Christian relations
  • Jewish history
  • evolution


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