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Finding Design in Nature
The New York Times ^ | 07/07/2005 | CHRISTOPH SCHÖNBORN

Posted on 07/08/2005 5:53:05 PM PDT by ofwaihhbtn

EVER since 1996, when Pope John Paul II said that evolution (a term he did not define) was "more than just a hypothesis," defenders of neo-Darwinian dogma have often invoked the supposed acceptance - or at least acquiescence - of the Roman Catholic Church when they defend their theory as somehow compatible with Christian faith.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: benedictxvi; catholic; divineproportion; evolution; fractals; intelligentdesign; johnpaulii; phi; thegoldensection
"Scientific theories that try to explain away the appearance of design as the result of "chance and necessity" are not scientific at all, but, as John Paul put it, an abdication of human intelligence."

Isn't that the truth.

1 posted on 07/08/2005 5:53:05 PM PDT by ofwaihhbtn
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To: ofwaihhbtn; Coleus; Salvation

Evolution is compatible with Catholicism, I except though, that evolution is a theory - they should not be teaching it as fact, when it has yet to be proven!


2 posted on 07/08/2005 6:01:21 PM PDT by Irish_Thatcherite (Terrorism is the modern name we give barbarism.)
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To: ofwaihhbtn
Already posted: Finding Design in Nature.
3 posted on 07/08/2005 6:06:30 PM PDT by PatrickHenry (Felix, qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas. The List-O-Links is at my homepage.)
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To: ofwaihhbtn

science does not try to explain away the apperance of design. god or a designer lies outside the realm of science; he cannot be observed or measured. science leaves to religon those questions...


4 posted on 07/08/2005 6:12:37 PM PDT by thejokker
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To: ofwaihhbtn
Fr. Stanley Jaki has written that Darwinian evolution is based on two firmly established pillars.

1. Offspring differ slightly from their parents.

2. organisms must cope with their environment.

You don't have to be a scientist to confirm these observations. Anyone who has raised an animal, either a pet or a farm animal, is aware of them.

Given these observations, a logical conclusion is that those offspring best suited to cope with their environment will out-reprodice those less well suited.

However, he goes on to say, two pillars are enough to support a wall, but not a three-dimensional structure. These pillars are inadequate to support the idea that everything can be explained by random mutation and "survival of the fittest." The Darwinians go beyond the evidence when they try to explain everything on the basis of the two valid observations they start with.

5 posted on 07/08/2005 7:44:24 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney (My book is out. Read excerpts at www.thejusticecooperative.com)
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To: JoeFromSidney

Which book is this in? I've been wanting to get into Jaki but not sure which book to start with. This sounds like a good one.


6 posted on 07/09/2005 1:32:31 PM PDT by johnnyb_61820
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Just got back from a trip, so missed your question.

I'm sorry, but I don't remember. It was a book I found on the shelf when I visited my daughter and her husband. I'll inquire of them, to see if they can find it again.

7 posted on 07/13/2005 12:51:34 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney (My book is out. Read excerpts at www.thejusticecooperative.com)
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