Sunday, October 24, 2010
[are the rules a little shaky?]
There are many cases where the Talmud prescribes a medical treatment however we see today that this treatment is no longer effective. One explanation for this is that "nature has changed" (Tosafos s.v.kavra to Moed Katan 11a for example).
Atheists have long ridiculed such statements because laws of nature were assumed to be universal and invariable facts of the physical world.
Interestingly, scientists are now discovering that certain supposed "constants" of nature may vary from one time and place to another.
Certainly, from a theistic view this is hardly surprising. The laws of nature are merely whatever is most frequently the will of God, however that need not be the same every place and all the time.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 11:58 AM