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Monday, June 9, 2014

The Devolution of Man

I once had a little monkey for twelve years in my home, and he was my very best argument for Darwin, because to be descended from such a nice being is just wonderful.
 C.F. von Weizsacker, quoted in Cosmos, Bios Theos (ed.  Henry Margenau and Roy and Abraham Varghese), p. 130

In the time of R. Simcha Zissel of Kelm, Darwin was influential. R. Simcha Zissel said: “Darwin claims that Man came from ape. It is befitting for Darwin to say such a thing, for he never saw a person! I saw R. Yisrael [Salanter], and therefore I know that Man does not come from an ape!”

R. Shlomo Wolbe, Alei Shur II, p. 79 (my translation)

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