Catholicism and Science

by Sal on November 4, 2005

in Religion

Taking another tack on the article Mike posted, I want to rant a bit about the nearly universal acceptance of Darwinism by the MSM and by the mainstream academics. Now, I’m a person who likes science and finds it interesting, and also believe that there is a substantial body of evidence to support the theory of Evolution. My objections really come down to two points:

  1. Evolution is first and foremost a theory. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, defines a theory as “A set of statements or principles devised to explain a group of facts or phenomena, especially one that has been repeatedly tested or is widely accepted and can be used to make predictions about natural phenomena.” This means that any scientific theory (as opposed to scientific law) has a high probability for being true, but is not considered absolute truth by any means, even by the scientific community.
  2. While Evolution has a great body of evidence to support it, Darwin’s Natural Selection is what I, and most Catholics and Christians who have researched it object to. Natural selection has no basis in science, but is rather a philosophical conclusion drawn by Darwin about the causality of life. In his mind, life is a result of random mutations rather than a Divine Architect. He used evolution to try to “Disprove” the Bible, and therefore disprove theism and the Judeo-Christian view of the universe.

Christianity and Catholicism are not opposed to Science. What it is opposed to is philosophical speculation posing as scientific fact.

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