Monday, January 31, 2011

Rabbi shuns science, embraces superstition

In a lecture at Tannanbaum Chabad House last week, Rabbi Moshe Averick embraced superstition and wrapped himself in the God of the Gaps.

The lecture, called "Origin of Life and Scientific Evidence for a Creator," was presented to a small group where the Rabbi was able to promote his book:

He did not delve into the topic of creationism but instead strictly focused on the fact that no one — not even atheistic scientists — can satisfactorily explain the origin of life, making the idea of a creator seem more plausible.

"What I am trying to do — it's my way of waging an intellectual war on atheism," he said after the lecture.

Of course, the good Rabbi would never accept this line of thinking in any other area. If he heard a noise in his attic and didn't find evidence of mice or birds, he wouldn't conclude that the attic must be inhabited by ghosts. If his car was not performing correctly, and his mechanic couldn't identify the source of the problem, he wouldn't say that the notion that his car was infested with invisible gremlins was 'more plausible.'

Then again, maybe he would. Superstition has a way of spreading. If you don't know how something works, attribute it to the spirits.

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