I got into a friendly debate with a protestant friend of mine. I claim that God could have used evolution as a means to bring about his creation.
He claims that evolution is contrary to scripture on the basis that death didn’t enter into the world until after the fall, thus rendering evolution impossible, and to believe both evolution and the Bible is to hold contradictory beliefs.
The Church permits us to believe evolution as a means to bring about our physical bodies (souls being supernaturally infused) and that we affirm that our first parents sinned, which removed humanity from Gods special friendship and brought about our fallen nature.
I read this tract from catholic answers on the topic.
I brought to him the thre point about lion having sharp teeth for ripping flesh, and a body to bring down prey.
His response was that after the fall is when God made thorns, and made the serpent crawl on the ground shows that God changed his creation which then allowed animals to become carnivorous.
He then points to Isaiah 65:25 saying how if the lion will eat straw like the ox in the new creation (which is to be like the original paradise before the fall) then it holds that animals didn’t kill eatchother in the beginning.
I don’t know how to respond to that. I’m not trying to convince him to accept evolution, but rather to see that there is no conflict between believing in both evolution and scripture.