The Torah is based on the principle that life was pre-designed by G-d. This is in stark contrast to Darwin’s notion of evolution, that everything came about through chance and natural selection, including man. In the year 1871, in his work, “The Descent of Man,” Darwin declared unequivocally that man was descended from some earlier primate, or ape. Much of the history of modern science and culture revolves around the attempt by Darwin's followers to convince mankind that they are indeed animals and not a special creation. Despite all of Darwin’s rhetoric, the differences between man and ape are enormous, and Darwin and his followers knew that if their claim was to be accepted as scientific fact, rather than a mere rewording of Epicurus’ materialistic philosophy, it was crucial that some sort of fossil evidence of some intermediate link between ape and man, be found. This lecture is devoted to the intriguing and sometimes humorous search for the “missing link” between ape and man, in order to justify Darwin’s theories. This lecture also offers an in depth treatment of the “Scopes Trial” which had a tremendous influence upon the acceptance of Darwinian evolution and the repudiation of the traditional Biblical account.
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