So this issue came up as a side issue in a question I just posted and it has got me thinking about things I haven’t thought about in years, but which were stumbling blocks to me when I was a new “revert”. It is the questions of the age of the earth and by connection evolution, Adam and Eve, and so forth. It’s something I would like to understand more.
My main thoughts/questions are these, and I’d love to hear thoughts from people who believe in a young earth, those who believe in an old earth, theistic evolutionists and those who don’t believe in evolution, however I don’t desire input from atheists, if you don’t mind:
- For those Catholics who believe in evolution as laid out by Darwin and others (and I will just say that I do not believe in macro-evolution, and it seems the science is more and more calling it into question) but of course accrediting it to God, how is this a logical position to take as a Catholic, considering if it were the case, that it would mean that before the creation of Adam and Eve there was millions of years of chaotic life, and death and evolution, all which contradict the Biblical account of a world created perfect by God and into which death only entered after Adam and Eve’s sin?
Secondly, for those in this category who accept human evolution from primates, do you really believe that a sub-human primate without a soul gave birth to Adam? And Eve? That Adam was born into a world already filled with death and savagery? How do you reconcile all this with the Bible?
- For those who believe in a “young earth”, say, less than 10,000 years old, how do you reconcile this with commonly accepted science of a much older earth, and the evidence of such?
Lastly, I would love help in understanding how, if the science says that the world has existed for millions (billions?) of years, and death has existed since the beginning, how does this fit into a Biblical account where Adam was created around 6000 years ago, into a a perfect world free of death and sickness?
I apologise if my thoughts aren’t all very clear but it’s a huge topic and I’m just grasping at understanding.