Okay, to make this simple, I’M CONFUSED!!!
I do not understand the Church’s official teaching on Common Origins. Does the term “evolution” always encompass a common ancestry between all modern animals (and humans), or is this just a bad connotation?
What of polygenism? What support is there for it? Against? Does it seem to anyone else that the CC is moving closer and closer to this theory?
If the likelihood of life on earth was as scarce as the figures report, then isn’t the implication that all life did, in fact, find its first origins in a single cell? If this is so, what conclusions are we to draw?
sigh I love biology, but I hear daily a 100 conflicting positions. I want to be objective in my search for truth and not, as my science teacher says, “walk through life with tunnel vision.” The problem is that, from what I understand, most modern science textbooks can’t keep up with the constant revisions to Darwin’s theory–and don’t want to anyway, what’s more, in the good name of secular science. In doing so, they oftentimes end up representing the Olde-style, fundamentalist-extremist, all-homologies-are-evidence-for-Common-Ancestry style of thinking and ignore critics of this position (an increasing number).
Simultaneously, our culture is so steeped in cartoonish parodies of Java Man and talk of a “missing link” that it can’t think independently of such notions!
I have no qualms with evolution (I actually like the subject and find it fascinating), but I want to know about rock-hard evidence for new species devloping from old: Is there any? What about genera? Whole new phyla?
I’m ranting and becoming redundant, I know, but I need some clarification on this issue:
(1) Doctrinally, as pertains to what the Church officially teaches here;
(2) Scientifically, regarding issues such as Common Origins and polygenism.