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Old May 19th, 2011, 09:50 AM  
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Creationism is not a valid theory. There is simply to much evidence that we evolved from apes, if not a distant ancestor that split into apes and eventual humans. But evolution does not contradict intelligent design. Intelligent design is but one reason to explain evolution and why we are so complicated creatures. The first part of the Bible, especially the book of Genesis, should not be taken completely literally. The account of creation in the book of Genesis could never have happened, as there is proof that the Universe is already several billion years old. Actually the early fathers of the Catholic church taught that the Genesis creation narrative was to be treated as an allegory, and they believed that natural organisms are unstable and capricious. Creationism only really started when the protestant reformation started.

One misconception is that Religion and Science do not mix, that they are polar opposites. While in some religions this is true, it is not true for Catholicism. While there may have been some times in the past where they condemned scientific beliefs (Galileo Galilei is a common example) the Church has mended its ways and taught that past condemnations were not right, and were a result of human error and straying from the true teachings of the church. In fact the Catechism of the Catholic church asserts that "Methodical research in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never conflict with the faith, because the things of the world and the things the of the faith derive from the same God. The humble and persevering investigator of the secrets of nature is being led, as it were, by the hand of God in spite of himself, for it is God, the conserver of all things, who made them what they are."

"Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable."
C.S. Lewis

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