Catholic hierarchy on slippery slope
|August 26, 2006||Posted by William Dembski under Evolution, Intelligent Design, Darwinism|
Once the discussion of biological origins opens up in the way the good Cardinal proposes (see below), it’s over for standard evolutionary theory. To be sure, the distinction between “evolutionism” as philosophy and “evolution” as science is valid and at first blush may seem like a way to keep evolution safe. But this distinction is one that the figureheads of evolution, such as Richard Dawkins, Jerry Coyne, and Francisco Ayala, deliberately muddy to preserve evolution as materialism’s best safeguard.
As this discussion opens up, people are increasingly going to “get it,” and as they do they’ll realize that Darwin’s legacy is the biggest scam in the history of ideas. Right now what keeps the theory afloat is not overwhelming evidence (yes, there are “mountains and mountains of evidence” as Richard Dawkins puts it, but the quality of this evidence in establishing evolution’s grandiose claims is abysmal). Rather, what keeps the theory afloat is strict enforcement of ideological purity.
With Catholic leaders like Cardinal SchÃƒÂ¶nborn taking the lead in opening up the discussion, this scam will become increasingly difficult to perpetuate. Any bets when the Darwinian house of cards will come crashing down? I’m not talking about nobody believing it anymore. Rather, I’m talking about people not having any longer to show undue deference to it — a new age when they can ridicule it openly, and its defenders must actually defend the theory rather than merely sneer at those who disbelieve it.
Cardinal SchÃƒÂ¶nborn Proposes Evolution Debate
Calls for More Science, Less Ideology
Date: 2006-08-25, Code: ZE06082508
RIMINI, Italy, AUG. 25, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Christoph SchÃƒÂ¶nborn is
proposing an ideology-free debate on the theory of evolution, and wants to
clarify the Church’s position on the topic.
The archbishop of Vienna presented his proposal Thursday to a packed
auditorium at the Meeting of Friendship Among Peoples, organized by the
Communion and Liberation Movement in Rimini, Italy.
At a press conference Wednesday, the cardinal, explained that the Church
does not hold the position of “creationist” theories on the origin of life
and man, which draw scientific consequences from biblical texts.
In fact, he added, there is “no conflict between science and religion,” but,
rather, a debate “between a materialist interpretation of the results of
science and a metaphysical philosophical interpretation.”
Cardinal SchÃƒÂ¶nborn, who sparked a worldwide debate in 2005 with an article
in the New York Times on the subject, called for clarification of the
difference between the “theory of evolution” and “evolutionism,” the latter
understood as an ideology, based on scientific theory.
By way of example, the cardinal mentioned Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels,
who saw in the publication of Charles Darwin’s “The Origin of Species,” “the
scientific foundation for their Marxist materialist theory. This is
evolutionism, not theory of evolution.”
The archbishop of Vienna warned against the application of this evolutionist
ideology in fields such as economic neo-liberalism, or bioethical issues,
where there is the risk of creating new eugenic theories.
More than a theory
Journalists asked the cardinal what Pope John Paul II meant in his address
to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, in Oct. 1996, when he spoke of
evolution as “something more than a theory.”
Cardinal SchÃƒÂ¶nborn explained that the phrase meant that “the theory, as
scientific theory, has been expanded with new scientific data, but of course
that phrase cannot be interpreted as an ‘Amen’ of the Catholic Church to
The archbishop of Vienna noted a document published by the International
Theological Commission in 2004, with the approval of Cardinal Joseph
Ratzinger, entitled “Communion and Service: The Human Person Created in the
Image of God.”
He said the paper clarifies the distinction between ideology and science,
and “gives an answer to those who wished to interpret John Paul II’s phrase
in an ideological sense.”
“What I desire intensely is that, also in school programs, questions be
explained, at the scientific level, opened by the theory of evolution, such
as the famous question of the missing rings [sic; he most likely meant
“links”],” Cardinal SchÃƒÂ¶nborn said.
The cardinal said that 150 years after Darwin’s theory, “there is no
evidence in the geological strata of intermediate species that should exist,
according to Darwin’s theory.”
He continued: “He himself said in his book that this is a hole in his theory
and asked that they be found.
“This should be discussed in a serene manner. If a theory is scientific and
not ideological, then it can be discussed freely.”