Hello! In the CA article “Adam, Eve, and Evolution” we read, “Concerning biological evolution, the Church does not have an official position on whether various life forms developed over the course of time. However, it says that, if they did develop, then they did so under the impetus and guidance of God, and their ultimate creation must be ascribed to him.” Is the idea of natural selection contrary to this truth? Can a Catholic faithful to the Magisterium believe in natural selection in biological evolution? Thank you, may the Lord bless you!
Natural selection is simply a process in which organisms that are better adapted to their environment tend to survive and produce more offspring. There is nothing contrary to the faith in that.
The basic idea in theology would be that God created the laws of nature, He also foresaw how they would play out, and He could design the system to produce any result He chose. How they unfolded therefore must be ascribed to God’s wisdom and plan.
How the human body physically evolved in the subject of science. However, we do not believe human beings to be only a physical body. We believe that human beings are both body and soul. The human soul is a unique creation of God.