Common Ancestor


#1

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/library/faq/cat02.html

What’s the difference between not evolving from apes and sharing a common ancestor with modern apes?


#2

They’re saying there was an animal 5-8 million years ago that chimps/gorillas and humans evolved from. It was likely an ape that now no longer exists. Its like saying you and your siblings came from your parents but not each other.


#3

It’s subtle. It might be like me saying you’re not descended from your cousins, but you and your cousins are descended from a common set of grandparents

Humans and chimpanzees evolved from a common ancestor. Humans didn’t evolve from chimpanzees. At some point there was a non-chimpanzee primate ancestor species, and one group of descendants from that species went on to evolve into modern humans (eventually), and a different group of descendants went on to evolve into modern chimpanzees.

I’ve simplified the whope thing a bit, but that is what’s meant by saying we evolved from a common ancestor.


#4

It’s like saying “The French language doesnt come from Italian, French and Italian both evolved from Latin.” Because a lot of people have misconceptions that humans evolved from modern chimpanzees.


#5

Here’s another article saying that we may be close to finding the last common ancestor. LCA.


#6

And that’s ok with Catholicism?


#8

Yes, the Church has (prudently, imo) remained agnostic to the question of human evolution, with a few specific caveats.


#9

I may have to rethink this whole ND thing. The Student Pastor leans toward a young earth so I’m sure this wouldn’t be compatible with their church teaching.


#10

If he teaches that, it would not be compatible.


#11

When I asked him he sounded like he was undecided but leaning toward a young earth. I’ve read two or three books from that side of the debate and they do have some good points at times, but I lean toward an old earth.


#12

You mean incompatible with the ND church, not Catholicism, right?


#13

Yes, that’s what I mean.


#14

Does everybody here lean toward an old earth or a young Earth?


#15

I definitely say old Earth, 100%.


#16

Anyone else?


#17

I’m an “Old Earther.”


#18

Definitely old earth. You’re turning yourself off to a lot of great science with young earth.


#19

A good book on this subject is “Finding Darwins God” by Ken Miller, who is Catholic.


#20

And the CC is ok with his ideas?


#21

I think so, I dont recall that he contradicted church teaching.


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