To dixieagle -
Here are my main points:
Textbook: random mutation + natural selection = answer
Catholic Church: random mutation + natural selection + God’s divine providence = answer
Obviously, for Catholics, the textbook is inadequate in a critical way. And if this information about divine providence cannot appear in the textbook, the Church needs to teach it and it does.
For the average person, the answer to the question of who we are must go beyong the realm of science. As Catholics, our identity is based on faith and actual history. Jesus Christ died and rose again for all men in real time. This is just as much a fact as any scientific fact. This unification of the scientific and divine revelation fully informs the human being as to his actual identity.
It was not me, but the Catholic Church who first noticed this problem of how ideology, things that go beyond the proper bounds of science, is being promoted.
Here is what Pope Benedict has to say about atheism:
From this article, it is clear that any group who wants to use science for its own ideological ends can cause trouble.
It is one thing to say, I am a scientist, and when I leave the lab, I’m an atheist. But it is another thing to link the two ideas and say, My scientific work confirms and supports my atheism.
If you go to any atheist forum, the general view is that atheists are better educated, are more rational than theists, and prefer the truth to what they call superstition or religion.
Theists are criticized as being ignorant, unwilling to learn, which sometimes just refers to not willing to accept what atheists accept, and are less rational by definition because they accept a belief in some invisible man in the sky.
I’m not trying to deny anyone their choice in believing or not believing, I’m simply pointing out that scientists are speaking up against a belief in God, mostly based on what they claim to know, even though, paradoxically, they cannot scientifically test for or locate God. So where again does their conclusion come from? The link exists.