In the News (from Pew Research): “According to a new Pew Research Center analysis, six-in-ten Americans (60%) say that “‘humans and other living things have evolved over time,’ while a third (33%) reject the idea of evolution, saying that ‘humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.’ The share of the general public that says that humans have evolved over time is about the same as it was in 2009, when Pew Research last asked the question.
“About half of those who express a belief in human evolution take the view that evolution is ‘due to natural processes such as natural selection’ (32% of the American public overall). But many Americans believe that God or a supreme being played a role in the process of evolution. Indeed, roughly a quarter of adults (24%) say that ‘a supreme being guided the evolution of living things for the purpose of creating humans and other life in the form it exists today.’ …
“There also are sizable differences by party affiliation in beliefs about evolution, and the gap between Republicans and Democrats has grown. In 2009, 54% of Republicans and 64% of Democrats said humans have evolved over time, a difference of 10 percentage points. Today, 43% of Republicans and 67% of Democrats say humans have evolved, a 24-point gap.”
My Comment: Kabbalah talks about evolution under the influence of the program of creation. The created being develops from the level of the still to the vegetative level, and then to the level of the animate. The level of human being is not the one with which we are familiar in our world. Our highest stage is not just as an intelligent animal, but is characterized by our development of similarity to the Creator.
This was spoken about thousands of years before Darwin, beginning with the early Kabbalistic sources, such as The Book of Zohar, the writings of the Ari, and others. According to Kabbalah, evolution is development, but it is under the influence of the Upper Force, the Light.