Monday, May 23, 2005

The consequences of Darwinism

As informed folks know, the Catholic Church has no inherent beef with evolution; if science discovers that species can and in fact did originate from other species (i.e. what's often called "macroevolution"), there's nothing problematic for Catholicism.

What is problematic is that form of evolution-theory known as Darwinism, which argues that species have evolved through a completely random, undirected, purely-chance process. It's problematic, of course, because it denies a Creator!

But all of this is well known. What isn't as well known, though, is the broader implications and consequences of Darwinism. You see, Darwinism's reach extends beyond biology to virtually every sector of human life and culture. This is made clear in comments by a proponent on Darwinism in a debate from 1994:
    Let me summarize my views on what modern evolutionary biology tells us loud and clear -- and these are basically Darwin's views. There are no gods, no purposes, and no goal-directed forces of any kind. There is no life after death. When I die, I am absolutely certain that I am going to be dead. That's the end of me. There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning in life, and no free will for humans, either.

Looks to me like there's reason for parents to be concerned about the teaching of Darwinian evolutionary theory in our public schools.

HT: Nancy Pearcey, in her book Total Truth (p. 214).

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