People should be familiar with “The Origin of the Species” by Charles R. Darwin (1809-1882), published in 1859. The book started a controversy that still, unfortunately, continues today between some religious and secular people. What is generally ignored is the idea that evolution can, indeed, should, be accepted even by the most conservative religious.  They can understand that God created a world that needed to evolve. For example, early humans needed to go through a period when they were convinced that it was sensible to enslave people, butcher animals as sacrificial gifts to God, and “know” that women are a lower class of beings than men. Only after men evolved their thinking and behavior they realized their errors and changed. In essence, religious people can accept that evolution is part of God’s plan. While not addressing Darwin’s view, written long after the time of the sage Maimonides (1138-1204), Maimonides says this.