THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND EVOLUTION
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 this last statement might sound at first to be an avowal of
polytheism, it probably is not. St. Romain 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
This theory explodes when one realizes that polytheism is a aberration
introduced by Satan in his attempt to dethrone God (see THE FINAL FLOCK).
I will leave it to more capable Christian scientific minds to demolish
St. Romain's other points. But even a non-scientific mind can see
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