David Klinghoffer

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David Klinghoffer is an Orthodox Jewish author and essayist, and a proponent of the pseudoscientific idea of intelligent design. He is a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute, the organization that is the driving force behind the intelligent design movement. He was a frequent contributor to National Review, and a former columnist for the Jewish weekly newspaper The Forward, to which he still contributes occasional essays.

Intelligent design[edit]

Klinghoffer has published a series of articles, editorial columns, and letters to the editor in both Jewish and non-Jewish conservative publications seeking to promote the pseudoscience of intelligent design and to discredit Darwinian views of evolution. Klinghoffer believes that science can include support for an underlying intelligent design in the development of living things and the universe as a whole, and, indeed, that some scientists hold to such views.[1][dead link][2][3][dead link][4][dead link] Larry Yudelson[who?] has responded, in a piece directed at Klinghoffer, that rabbinical Judaism has accepted evolutionary theory for more than a century, and that Judaism has never rejected science.[5] Yudelson also argues that Klinghoffer's employer, the Discovery Institute, is a Christian think tank that is funded by organizations that seek to promote a "Christian-friendly world view".[6]


Klinghoffer is an Orthodox Jew who has written a spiritual memoir about his religious background. He was raised in Reform Judaism by his adoptive parents, and formally converted to Orthodox Judaism,[7] becoming ba'al tshuva (Hebrew, a newly religious Orthodox Jew).[8] In his book, Why the Jews Rejected Jesus, Klinghoffer theorizes that Jewish rejection of Jesus allowed Christianity to separate from Judaism and become a multi-ethnic religion. Christianity was thus able to achieve a dominance in Gentile Europe that would have been impossible for Judaism to attain. To Klinghoffer, this changed world history, because Christianity was able to serve as a bulwark against the spread of Islam into Europe.[9]

In May 2010, the Discovery Institute released a free 105-page eBook titled Signature of Controversy: Responses to Critics of Signature in the Cell, edited by Klinghoffer, with chapters by Discovery Institute fellows David Berlinski, Casey Luskin, Stephen C. Meyer, Paul Nelson, Jay Richards, and Richard Sternberg.[10]


  • Klinghoffer, David (1998). The Lord Will Gather Me In: My Journey to Jewish Orthodoxy. Free Press. ISBN 0-7432-4267-X.
  • Klinghoffer, David (2004). The Discovery of God: Abraham and the Birth of Monotheism. Random House. ISBN 978-0-385-49973-6.
  • Klinghoffer, David (2006). Why the Jews Rejected Jesus: The Turning Point in Western History. Three Leaves. ISBN 978-0-385-51021-9.
  • Klinghoffer, David (2007). Shattered Tablets: Why America Ignores the Ten Commandments at Its Peril. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-51567-2.
  • Klinghoffer, David (2008). How Would God Vote?: Why the Bible Commands You to Be a Conservative. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-51542-9.

As editor[edit]

  • Klinghoffer, David (2010). Signature of Controversy: Responses to Critics of Signature in the Cell. Discovery Institute Press. ISBN 0-7432-4267-X. Internet Archive link.
  • Klinghoffer, David, ed. (2018). Debating Darwin's Doubt: A Scientific Controversy That Can No Longer Be Denied. Discovery Institute Press. ISBN 978-1936599288. [


  1. ^ Klinghoffer, David (August 3, 2005). "Designs on Us". National Review.
  2. ^ Klinghoffer, David (December 29, 2006). "Get Rich And Prosper". Jewish Forward.
  3. ^ Klinghoffer, David (February 12, 2007). "Happy Darwin Day! Celebrating mankind's discovery of eugenics". The Daily Standard.
  4. ^ Klinghoffer, David (November 19, 2007). "Teaching Jewish Kids About Intelligent Design". Jewcy.com.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Yudelson, Larry (2006-03-24). "Darwin is Not the Enemy". The Jewish Week of Greater New York. Archived from the original on 2006-12-31.
  6. ^ Yudelson, Larry (2006-04-18). "Worse for the Jews: Darwin or David Klinghoffer?". YudelLine.
  7. ^ Bernstein, Richard (December 16, 1998). "BOOKS OF THE TIMES; A Secular Jew Feeds a Hunger on a Spiritual Journey". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Klinghoffer, David (1998). The Lord Will Gather Me In: My Journey to Jewish Orthodoxy. Free Press. ISBN 0-7432-4267-X.
  9. ^ Chilton, Bruce (November 4, 2005). "Exploring What Binds — and Divides — Jews and Christians". Jewish Forward. Archived from the original (– Scholar search) on October 18, 2006.
  10. ^ Signature of Controversy: Responses to Critics of Signature in the Cell. (Discovery Institute Press, 2010) edited by David Klinghoffer, Online here Archived 2010-05-27 at the Wayback Machine