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DO YOU ALSO KNOW THOSE WHO CLAIM TO BE “FREE OF RELIGIOUS BELIEF” WHO BELIEVE IN THE DOCTRINE OF DARWINISM?

“THE SUPPOSEDLY SCIENTIFIC THEORY OF EVOLUTION ‘IS ACTUALLY A THEORY OF HISTORY – OF SUPPOSED PAST EVENTS'” SAYS MR JOSEPH H. GEHRINGER, A RETIRED TEACHER OF MATHEMATICS, “AND HE ADDS THAT EVOLUTIONISTS ACCEPT DARWINISM AS A DOCTRINE REGARDLESS OF THE LACK OF SUPPORTING EVIDENCE…

As Western Civilisation moves farther and farther from its Christian roots, less and less attention is being paid to the great saints and religious heroes who contributed so much to its development. But because every culture wishes to have its heroes, the great Catholic figures of the past are being replaced by what might be called ‘secular saints’. This substitution of the secular for the religious is reflected in the attention being devoted to the anniversaries of Charles Darwin, who was born in 1809 and whose ‘On the Origin of Species’ was published in 1859.

If a scientist such as Louis Pasteur, Gregor Mendel, or Marie Curie, is honoured for contributions to humanity and our understanding of the universe created by the Almighty, that is certainly commendable. But the case of Charles Darwin (1809-1882) is unique. Although his theory of evolution is widely accepted as a scientific theory, it is actually a theory of history, – of supposed past events. It claims that all living creatures, past and present, including the human race, have descended from the same original life form. Of course, none of these assumed evolutionary changes have ever been observed, nor have they been duplicated in any scientific laboratory. This has caused some philosophers of science to wonder whether Darwin’s theory is a truly scientific one.

For this reason, it is instructive to observe how evolution is described in some English language dictionaries. One typical definition is: ‘EVOLUTION: the doctrine that all forms of life originated by descent, with gradual or abrupt modifications, from preexisting forms which themselves trace backward in a continuing series to the most rudimentary organism.’ And we frequently find, ‘EVOLUTIONIST: one who believes in the doctrine of evolution. Note the use of the term ‘doctrine’ to describe a belief in evolution. The word ‘doctrine’ is never employed when describing the acceptance of a theory that is strictly scientific in nature, such as number theory, relativity theory or quantum theory. This suggests that evolution is commonly perceived as a concept which extends beyond the natural sciences.

Of course, if the theory of evolution were a strictly scientific one, it would be of no interest to the Catholic Church. The evolutionary hypothesis, however, has a direct relevance to the Catholic faith for several reasons. First, the theory of evolution claims to explain the origin of the human race through purely natural causes, without any need for Divine intervention. Second, evolutionist ideas are being used as a supposedly ‘scientific basis’ for today’s wave of atheism, which is being promoted in the United States and Europe via television, movies, and books such as ‘The God Delusion’ by Richard Dawkins, and ‘God Is Not Great’ by Christopher Hitchens. Obviously, the Church must confront this pseudo-scientific challenge, not only to its teachings on Adam and Eve, but to its very existence. As Martin Lings points out in ‘Studies in Comparative Religion’, ‘More cases of loss of religious faith are to be traced to the theory of evolution…than to anything else’.

EVOLUTIONISM HAS BECOME THE NEW RELIGION FOR MANY

Because of this situation, Charles Darwin has come to play a crucial and controversial role in the ongoing struggle between truth and error. Many scholars who have studied Darwin’s writings, as well as many of his admirers, recognise that his supposedly scientific ideas were actually designed to minimise or eliminate belief in a Supreme Being. In her study, ‘Charles Darwin: Voyaging’, Janet Browne observes: ‘Where most men and women generally believed in some kind of design in nature – some kind of plan and order – and felt a deep-seated, mostly inexpressible belief that their existence had meaning, Darwin wanted them to see all life as empty of any divine purpose.’… Michael Ruse proclaims: ‘I am an ardent evolutionist… I must admit that… Evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution still today… Evolution is promulgated as a religion, as a secular religion, – a full-fledged alternative to Christianity.’…

As the Church has always taught, Adam and Eve prefigured Christ and His Mother Mary. Since both the birth of Mary and of Christ involved direct Divine intervention (Mary’s Immaculate Conception, and Christ’s conception through the power of the Holy Spirit), it is theologically sound to conclude that there was also direct Divine intervention in the formation of the bodies of Adam and Eve…

Even today, scientists admit that there is much we do not know. During the last decade or two, astronomers, physicists, and cosmologists have concluded from their research that 95% to 98% of the universe consists of completely unknown forms of matter and energy. They refer to ‘dark matter’ and ‘dark energy’, not because it is dark, but because it is completely mysterious, has never been observed, and is not understood. If they are correct, they admittedly understand only a small fraction of the universe. But there is another alternative. Since ‘dark matter’ and ‘dark energy’ are unseen and mysterious, perhaps they do not really exist. It is possible that the calculations and conclusions of today’s scientists, based upon the Big Bang Theory are incorrect. Scientific theories about one-time events that took place before there were any human observers, are necessarily dubious in nature. And if such a theory was originally proposed in order to eliminate belief in a Creator, as was the theory of evolution, it is even more dubious.

There is another interesting aspect to this question. In his ‘The Descent of Man’, Darwin admitted that there was no evidence of any link between man and the animal kingdom among any of the living or extinct species of animals. But, he noticed, this ‘will not appear of much weight to those who, from general reasons, believe in the general principle of evolution’. Being a keen observer of human nature, Darwin realised that once anyone accepted the idea of evolution, the lack of evidence will not disturb him…

There is another paradox. When asked why no-one has ever seen evolution taking place, the evolutionist replies that it takes place too slowly to be observed. But when asked about the lack of fossil evidence, – the ‘missing links’ – he attributes that to the fact that the evolution took place too rapidly. Just as Darwin predicted, the lack of evidence is of little or no interest to confirmed evolutionists…

There is no reason to assume that the ‘modern’ idea about the origin of the human race is correct, simply because [at the moment] it has widespread support…historical truths [cannot] be ascertained by majority vote.”
– The above are excerpts of an article by Joseph H. Gehringer entitled “Modern Ideas versus Ancient Truths, Part I”, published in “Christ to the World”, English Edition, No 2 Mar-May 2009 Vol 54, Rome

 

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