By Michael Chaberek O.P.
For Catholics, the query of evolution touches on all of the most vital issues: the character of God and his paintings on the earth, the character of existence, and the prestige of guy within the universe. it's also an issue of perennial controversy and confusion. a few see the Darwinian concept of evolution as an important agent in discrediting the Church's doctrine on construction, undermining biblically-based morality and the idea that of human exceptionalism. Others regard Darwinian concept as appropriate with biblical religion and Catholic culture. Has the Church itself "evolved"? Or are there yes truths which are everlasting and irreplaceable?
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He who believes in the struggle for existence and in the principle of natural selection, will acknowledge that every organic being is constantly endeavouring to increase in numbers; and that if any one being vary ever so little, . . and thus gain an advantage over some other inhabitant. . 39 This passage demonstrates two theses (which are also evident in other assertions by Darwin). First, he believed that invoking the creative act of God is not a sufficient answer to the question of the origin of species.
In any case, a complete assessment of Darwinism must account not only for its scientific theses, but for its philosophical and theological content as well. From Darwinism to Neo-Darwinism One of the key problems in Darwin’s theory is the source of advantageous novelties in subsequent generations of living beings. By itself, the claim that natural selection preserves the fittest organisms and destroys the unfit ones is a tautology. To the question of which organisms would survive, Darwin replies: the fittest.
Catholicism currently lacks a straightforward answer to the question of whether evolution, understood as the origin of species, is compatible with the Church’s teaching. Furthermore, until at least the middle of the 20th century, the Church maintained a coherent and clearly expressed position (on the level of the ordinary teaching) on the issue of the direct creation of man, with reference to the soul and the body. Therefore, the opinion that the Catholic Church never had any difficulty with Darwin’s theory contradicts what is found in Church documents.
Catholicism and Evolution: A History from Darwin to Pope Francis by Michael Chaberek O.P.