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Paleobiology- Torah and Science


Rabbi Ari Shvat

Kislev 11, 5781
Shalom Rabbi, Is it asur to take a paleobiology (relates to fossils and most probably ideas that are not in line with the Torah) course in college if it is not a requirement (and I am just trying to get in as many credits as I can)? is it preferable to not take those types of courses? Thank you so much in advance, Tova
In general, these courses don't contradict the Torah, for Chazal tell us that God created many worlds before this one. Rav Zvi Yehuda Kook often said that only one who doesn't have answers is afraid of questions! You can take the course, but realize that much of that which is taught in archeology is guessing, and if you think that there may be something that sounds as if it may contradict Judaism, ask a rav who deals with these issues of Torah and science (you can find them easily on the internet).
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