POST VATICAN II
I recently read an interesting book by Philip St. Romain, CATHOLIC ANSWERS
TO FUNDAMENTALISTS' QUESTIONS, published by Liguori Press with the
imprimatur of Edward O'Donnell, Vicar General of St. Louis.
One question was: WHY NOT USE AS OUR MODEL THE THEORY OF SCIENTIFIC
CREATIONISM? Mr. St. Romain replied:
"Space does not permit a comprehensive response to this question.
Suffice it to say the following:
"1. The Genesis account of creation should not be taken literally, owing
to its mythical-literary nature. It is therefore unnecessary to look for
scientific confirmations of its six-day account.
"2. The theory of evolution is supported by data from a number of
scientific disciplines, although many questions remain unanswered.
"3. Scientific creationism is based upon weak and even erroneous bits of
data, and it neglects numerous facts which contradict it.
"4. There is nothing in creation that suggests that the world was
created by only one God, as scientific creationists contend. Nature
religions are generally polytheistic, which points up the indebtedness of
scientific creationism as an a priori conclusion based on Genesis. This is,
at best, very sloppy science!"
While the statement by Philip St. Romain might sound at first to be an
avowal of polytheism, it probably is not. He is probably saying that since
primitive religions are mostly polytheistic (which is what he contends), we
must look somewhere else for facts about the beginning of the Universe.
Genesis contends a monotheism which is not consistent with historical data
from natural religions. He is trying to point out a possible dichotomy
between historical scientific creationism and historical religion.
This theory explodes when one realizes that polytheism is a aberration
introduced by Satan in his attempt to dethrone God.
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