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Catholics reconcile the two beliefs by being allowed to believe in evolution, but required to believe in the existence of Adam and Eve. For the purposes of this discussion, evolution is the scientific hypothesis that the physical bodies of various living beings have developed from those of other living beings of different species. To believe in evolution ...


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Doctrine does not make claims about the definitions that biologists (or others) use. If someone wanted to assert that the earth is billions of years old, then someone's doctrine may contradict that assertion, but it is not a doctrinal assertion to argue about what is meant by macro- or microevolution. If someone has an issue with macroevolution (e.g. ...


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Micro and macroevolution are non-ideal terms because they indicate that the issue is the size of changes, whereas the real issue is the type of changes. Adaptation (and natural selection) are undeniable, but they consist of changes that shuffle and modify genetic information that is already in existence. By contrast 'macroevolution' involves adding new ...


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There is a relatively large and active community engaged in reconciling the current claims of mainstream biological science with what is known as "Young Earth Creationism." Young Earth Creationists believe that God's creation of the earth took seven literal twenty-four-hour days, and that it took place roughly 6,000 years ago. It is common among that ...


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It is possible that the genetic engineering techniques practiced were part useless and part real. The attempt to imprint color on the hide of sheep by seeing stripes during intercourse is folklore. However, by coincidence/destiny the majority of sheep who underwent this silly attempt may have had recessive genes that produced color in subsequent generations ...


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Although a traditional understanding of Creation is 'ex nihilo' - out of nothing, it can be seen from one of the passages quoted by another answer (John 1:1-3) and also the following: By faith we understand that the worlds were set in order at God’s command, so that the visible has its origin in the invisible. - Hebrews 11:3 NET (cf. other versions) ...


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Yes, the bible says that God created matter, time, space, logic, physics, etc... out of nothing. John 1:1-3 ESV In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. So, with a plain interpretation of the ...


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I'll try to summarize some of the infos we can find in the JW.org site (wol.jw.org) First, have a look at their Awake! 9/06 magazine, pages 9-10, the article titled "Did God Use Evolution to Create Life?" As a summary, it says that the Bible’s account of the creation of the first man, Adam, is to be taken literally. It also says that Jesus (and his ...


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From what you've quoted above, it seems that they believe in progressive creationism which is the believe that all things were created over a long period of time, however not through evolution. Theistic evolution is more along the lines of what you're saying, which is basically that God guided the evolution process. Jehovah's Witness believe that God formed ...


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Atheists routinely ridicule the Bible on this one. But nowhere does the Bible say that putting striped sticks in the water physically caused the animals to have striped and spotted off-spring. In many miracles in the Bible, God required people to go through some token action. Moses was instructed to hold his staff over the Red Sea before God parted the ...


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The answers above mention Eve. Eve created from Adam/Man. Man may think that is why the serpent fooled Eve. But in Eve's defense, then God created an enmity between Eve and the serpent. Theoretically speaking, the serpent/devil cannot fool Eve/Woman again. Genesis 3:15 GOD'S WORD I will make you and the woman hostile toward each other. I will make ...


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A quick Google search provides a link indicating there is (perhaps intentionally) no official authoritative declaration on the subject, leaving "no burden upon conscience". To quote, [The advantage of Catholics] lies in the simple fact that they do not have to decide either for Evolution or against it. Authority has not spoken on the subject; hence it ...


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Mixing science and theology never amounts to much. Science can tell us about things we observe but never concretely, everything gets smaller. Mysteries of science require observation with an ever smaller microscope. Theology on the other hand, gets broader as you get farther in to it. You can never wrap your head around it. Aristotle had a complete ...


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In his 22 October 1996 Address to the Plenary Session on the Subject ‘The Origins and Early Evolution of Life’ Pope St. John Paul II [the Great] said , 'he wanted to remind [those addressed] that the Magisterium of the Church has already made pronouncements on these matters within the framework of her own competence.' The Pope went on to cite two ...


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Assuming that your definition of "Theistic Evolutionist" is one who believes that the Earth is millions rather than thousands of years old, and believe that the forms of living organisms we now see evolved from other life forms under the guidance of a personal God, most Christians falling into that category believe the Gospel message is the same as those ...


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I believe the Pope has to speak "ex cathedra" for his statements to be binding. I don't believe Pope Francis was speaking ex cathedra when he was discussing those theories so the short answer would be no, Catholics aren't expected to believe in those things.


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The answer to your question is "No." At least in what was quoted in OP, Pope Francis did not say the Big Bang is true, nor did he say the Theory of Evolution is true. Essentially, he said that IF they are true, there still had to be a God to make them happen. EDIT: Just to clarify - I did not explain what the Pope meant, only what he said.


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From a footnote of Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange's Essence & Topicality of Thomism: Some teach more or less explicitly that the material world would naturally evolve toward the spiritual, or that likewise the spiritual world would evolve naturally or quasi-naturally toward the supernatural order, as if Baius had been right. The world would be thereby in ...



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