Are Christian values compatible with Darwinism? A Catholic leader sets out his views on evolution and intelligent design.
In a recent interview with Beliefnet in the Austrian capital, Schönborn set out his sometimes misunderstood views, clearly distinguishing between evolution and what he calls “evolutionism.” He explained that while he believes that God is the intelligent designer of the universe, his position on evolution springs from a philosophical rather than a scientific standpoint. His main concern, he said, was not to denigrate evolution as a natural process but to criticize atheistic materialism [the idea that only matter, not spirit, exists] as the dominant philosophy of today’s secular societies.
The following is an English translation of Schönborn’s remarks in German:
**What are your objections to the theory of evolution? **
Evolution is a scientific theory. What I call evolutionism is an ideological view that says evolution can explain everything in the whole development of the cosmos, from the Big Bang to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. I consider that an ideology. It’s not good for science if it becomes ideological, because it leaves it own field and enters the area of philosophy, of world views, maybe of religion.