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I'll give the short, short version of the conclusion because my lunch break is almost done. There are rocks and trees and animals and people. Science is clearly as dumb as rocks are, it can't really detect life in trees, it surely doesn't know much about the consciousness of an animal and will never grasp one iota of the interior life of a human being. Therefore the human nature which was created in man by God, which is an image of Himself, our souls, which reflect God. Came came to us first to Adam and then to Eve and then to all the God created souls, which God created at his leisure, cannot be observed by reason or science because whether or not we like it, there must always be a third (fourth and fifth) Person involved in all of our intimate and procreative entanglements who creates the soul for the new person.

I'll give the short, short version of the conclusion because my lunch break is almost done. There are rocks and trees and animals and people. Science is clearly as dumb as rocks are, it can't really detect life in trees, it surely doesn't know much about the consciousness of an animal and will never grasp one iota of the interior life of a human being. Therefore the human nature which was created in man by God, which is an image of Himself, our souls, which reflect God. Came to us first to Adam and then to Eve and then God created souls at his leisure, because whether or not we like it, there must always be a third (fourth and fifth) Person involved in all of our intimate and procreative entanglements who creates the soul for the new person.

I'll give the short, short version of the conclusion because my lunch break is almost done. There are rocks and trees and animals and people. Science is clearly as dumb as rocks are, it can't really detect life in trees, it surely doesn't know much about the consciousness of an animal and will never grasp one iota of the interior life of a human being. Therefore the human nature which was created in man by God, which is an image of Himself, our souls, which reflect God came to us first to Adam and then to Eve and then to all the God created souls, which God created at his leisure cannot be observed by reason or science because whether or not we like it, there must always be a third (fourth and fifth) Person involved in all of our intimate and procreative entanglements who creates the soul for the new person.

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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 vision of the scientific world which is sufficient even today. The truth, if you want to call it truth, is inside his mainly correct vision.

  • St. Thomas Aquinas wrote voluminously trying to get everything about theology into one big book and wound up with "so much straw", as he put it. Theology is about a world bigger than our own and cannot be examined, let alone subjected to, scientific inquiry.

Evolution is compatible with the Catholic Faith

Some people dispute this, but there are only a few things that a Catholic is required to believe about the first 11 chapters of Genesis to not be a heretic.

  1. It is not supposed to be regarded as history, it is pre-history
  2. The moral (if you do what I told you not to do, you will lose Sanctifying Grace); anagogical (she will crush your head); metaphorical (the serpent will be made to slither "what did he do before?"); and literal (be fruitful and multiply) teachings found in Genesis are objectively true, and there are many other ones that anyone would say are true. But considering only the literal interpretation of the Bible will leave you missing 3/4ths of the truths that are in there.
  3. We inherited our human nature from Adam and Eve, that's why they're our First Parents.

The Pelagian heresy stated that original sin didn't get passed on through generation, they thought it was a little rude to assume that God would punish children for sins they didn't commit, but St. Augustine came back with the reply that "we're all in it together. So it doesn't really matter what you think, Pelagius". And he was right, it's society which gets the blame, but you can't dispute that it comes down to use through generation because how else could it come down to us. It's not spontaneous and it's not our choosing because given the choice, I think we'd avoid it - since it's penalty is death.

Anyway, if you're going to mix up science and religion to ask a question that religion has much more right to answer than science does, you'd better be prepared to deal with the religious answers. Religion is an attempt to reconnect us with God and the Catholic Faith does it by baptism which wipes away the stain of original sin (which allows us to get into Heaven), but leaves its effects (death and passing it on to our children).

The four levels of being

I'll give the short, short version of the conclusion because my lunch break is almost done. There are rocks and trees and animals and people. Science is clearly as dumb as rocks are, it can't really detect life in trees, it surely doesn't know much about the consciousness of an animal and will never grasp one iota of the interior life of a human being. Therefore the human nature which was created in man by God, which is an image of Himself, our souls, which reflect God. Came to us first to Adam and then to Eve and then God created souls at his leisure, because whether or not we like it, there must always be a third (fourth and fifth) Person involved in all of our intimate and procreative entanglements who creates the soul for the new person.

The short short short answer is, Adam sinned and poof, sin is now in the world!


For reference see

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11312a.htm#II

and

http://newadvent.org/fathers/15062.htm

and

read E.F. Schumacher's Guide for the Perplexed