I’m a geologist who was trained in evolutionary science. Part of the problem is that the term “evolution” encompasses a large body of material that ranges from science to philosophy to outright pseudo-religion.
Let’s forget Pokemon, and concentrate on the scientific theory.
Some concepts in “evolution” are compatible with our faith and others are not.
Do you know of any in evolutionary theory that are; use the theory you were trained in for this answer.
Thus, we are free to believe that evolutionary processes were used by God to bring about the diversity of life. Human “evolution” is a bit more problematic because the soul cannot evolve even if the body did.
Science can’t talk about that, but it’s perfectly consistent to admit the evolution of humans while accepting that the soul is given to each of us by God, and does not evolve.
Thus, it is incompatible with our faith to believe that man evolved from the apes in a gradual, uninterrupted process without a dramatic creation event that brought into being the first human souls (Adam and Eve).
That would be, as you suggest the immortal soul. Unfortunately, science cannot determine when that happened. Pope Benedict XVI writes:
While the story of human origins is complex and subject to revision, physical anthropology and molecular biology combine to make a convincing case for the origin of the human species in Africa about 150,000 years ago in a humanoid population of common genetic lineage. However it is to be explained, the decisive factor in human origins was a continually increasing brain size, culminating in that of homo sapiens.
Many evolutionary proponents are atheists who reject the existence of a soul, thus, their only option is spontaneous generation of life that evolved to its current complexity.
How life evolved is not part of evolutionary theory. Nor does truth become falsehood merely because someone who doesn’t believe in God agrees with us.
The scientific evidence is fairly strong regarding the evolution of life at certain levels, but there are big gaps in the data, such as how life first came to be.
Again, evolutionary theory is not about how life came to be. It’s always been like that. Darwn himself merely wrote that God did it.
When the data gaps are presented to the evolutionary proponent, they are rejected and explained by what I call “faith in the passage of time.”
Let’s test that one. Give me a gap. (BTW, there are still things we don’t know about evolution, as there are in geology. Let’s see how it goes.
Anyway, my point is that there are elements of evolutionary science that are compatible with our faith and others that are not.
Interesting. Show us.
Also, there are evolutionary theories that are supported by science and others that are pure speculation and require “religious-like faith”.
Let’s use the one accepted by scientists. Tell us about that one.
In the end, it really doesn’t matter to me how we got here, just that God created us. That’s what I tell my children.
Smart of you to do that. It may seem like a little thing now, but I have had many young people express to me a crisis of faith because they had been told evolution was contrary to God,and they discovered it was almost certainly true.