I am a Catholic. I ascent to the teaching authority oif the Pope on matters of faith and morals.
I was wondering if the objection to polygenism is de fide. I accept as truth that all humans had one pair of parents, Adam and Eve. However as an alternative theory, is it not possible that – for want of a better word–proto humanoids were here too? Humans who were evolutionized apes without being in the image of God, without immortal souls.
The descendants of Eve, the morther of all humans, would have souls and the evolutionized apes would eventually be bred out; natural selection favoring those with souls who could authentically love.
After all, who did the sons of Adam breed with? Such an explanation does not root the uniqueness of Man in flesh but in spirit. This would be physical polygenism but spiritual monogenism. Would such a view be acceptable? Is this splitting hairs? Does the Pope have authority in matters of physical science in any event? A ban on polygenism on a purely physical level is not faith and morals, as opposed to spiritual monogenism which ascribes to Man his unique character and origin with Eve.
It seems like the most likely explanation to reconcile our faith with modern science. I think I am on safe ground here.
What do you think?