Evolution


#1

Please explain the church’s thoughts on evolution.


#2

[quote=litesobrite]Please explain the church’s thoughts on evolution.
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Human beings are a special creation of God…independant of the grubby animals of the earth.


#3

litesobrite,

It is fine for Catholics to believe in evolution as long as one believes that God guided the evolutionary process.

Tom calls animals “grubby”, but, when I was a Catholic, I would never label animals as “grubby”, because they are creations of the divine mind, a reflection of God. That, and they are just magnificient beings. No, that animals are “grubby” isn’t official Catholic teaching.

I think to call them “grubby” is kind of an insult to God, but I’ll leave the moral theology up to the believers: I’m an atheist.

Clarkal


#4

[quote=clarkal]litesobrite,

It is fine for Catholics to believe in evolution as long as one believes that God guided the evolutionary process.

Tom calls animals “grubby”, but, when I was a Catholic, I would never label animals as “grubby”, because they are creations of the divine mind, a reflection of God. That, and they are just magnificient beings. No, that animals are “grubby” isn’t official Catholic teaching.

I think to call them “grubby” is kind of an insult to God, but I’ll leave the moral theology up to the believers: I’m an atheist.

Clarkal
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Evolution means nothing more than change.

A church,man,religian,bible,and earth that can not change can not grow.


#5

Hi Lite,

The question of evolution is only a religious issue when you talk about the soul. The Church teaches that our soul is spiritual in nature and cannot evolve from matter.

It is also clear from the Bible that God has a special mission for man and therefore oversees his development in a special way.

The Catholic position is summarized at this address.

Verbum


#6

I for one don’t buy evolution. It is based on the religion of naturalism with an atheist tenet. Some have compromised it as having God involved with the process. However I find creationism much more substantial and scientifically sound. The problem with both is that neither can be proven, they are simply interpretations of the same scientific evidence and fossils etc. based on ‘a priori’ reasoning. That is you start off with a dogma and work everything to fit that.

There are two forms of evolution, micro and macro. Micro evolution dealing with variation and changes with all things is an obvious fact. Macro evolution on the other hand deals with matter to organic, molecules to ameoba to fish to monkeys to man, the whole process generally speaking… it is unproven.

There is generally no problem with people believing in evolution and being Catholics. However in trying to compromise them difficultieswill arise. On the other hand creationism is much more solid with Scripture.

It is really up to you to decide at this point, examine both sides of the argument and you’ll have to figure out what will make more sense to you and live with it.


#7

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