Judaism And The Age Of The Universe
After not having heard from you for a long time, I was pleased to receive regards from you through the young men of Chabad who visited your community recently in connection with the public lecture. I was gratified to hear that you participated in the discussion, but it was quite a surprise to me to learn that you are still troubled by the problem of the age of the world as suggested by several scientific theories which cannot be reconciled with the Torah view that the world is 5722 years old. I underlined the word theories, for it is necessary to bear in mind, first of all, that science formulates and deals with theories and hypotheses while the Torah deals in absolute truths. These are two different disciplines, where reconciliation is entirely out of place.
–Rebbe Schneerson, Leader of the Chabad
The above quotation is from the deceased leader of the Jewish Chabad movement. Chabad is the fundamentalist wing of Judaism which is currently driving the faith. I italicize faith because Judaism is merely a projection of the wishes of its adherents having no basis is reality.
Note that Rebbe Schneerson explicitly says that the Jewish faith and Western Science are irreconcilable. That means that there is a difference in outlook that can never be bridged. One or the other must triumph either subordinating or eliminating the other.
Rebbe Schneerson says that Judaism through the Torah deals with absolute truth while science is relative and erring. His opinion is a willful disregarding of facts. Science reveals nature while Judaism produces nothing but discord.
Rebbe Schneerson marvels that his correspondent is doubtful of the age of the universe when the Torah says explicitly that at the date of Schnnerson’s writing it was 5722 years old.
This attitude is too obtuse to bother with refuting. Just as we dismiss Christian fundamentalists who insist on divine creation we must also dismiss the Jews as mere religious bigots.