I Dont Have Enough Faith to be an Evolutionist - Skepticism of Evolution
(09-13-2019, 10:38 PM)Augustinian Wrote:
(09-13-2019, 08:57 PM)Alphonse il Segundo Wrote: I don't think there is any problem with not believing in evolution.

I had to add some sort of disclaimer, because there really seems to be a lot of confusion regarding evolution in some traditionalist circles. Especially the neo-Thomists who believe that evolution can somehow fit into a Thomistic worldview (I guess it could if you completely gut essences from it).

I think that it is the idea of an essence/nature that really solidifies my rejection of Darwinian evolution. They would of course argue that evolution proves that there are no essences, but really that puts the cart before the horse.

The dominant view today among the scientific community is materialism. Every major scientific discovery is going to be interpreted with this philosophic presupposition. 

Quote:A theological point which I came across in Fr. Seraphim's book which swayed me into a "hard" creationist camp is the point he made regarding the state of the world before the Fall, and how it is impossible for modern science to obtain an accurate picture of that time period because the physical laws of creation would have been fundamentally different than they are today. And this is a solid theological point mainly due to the fact that physical creation was made perfect and incorrupt. The introduction of sin and corruption into the word with the subsequent ejection of Adam and Eve from Paradise into fleshly bodies fundamentally transforms the necessary physical laws of the universe from something perfectly ordered and unchanging to where everything is in a state of consistent decay over time.

I'll have to confess ignorance of the theological arguments that Fr. Seraphim makes but I have a problem with this proposition. 

It seems very hard for me to believe that the sin of mankind would vastly alter the order God has woven into the universe. Also, if this were the case then it would seem to make God out to be some sort of a trickster. He has given mankind a reason and intellect to know things about the universe that he inhabits but that universe is set up deceptively. 

The second thing I have a problem with is this 

Quote:with the subsequent ejection of Adam and Eve from Paradise into fleshly bodies

What precisely are you saying here? Are you saying that Adam and Even did not have bodies made of flesh before the fall? Are you just saying that we have fallen nature? Which is it?
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RE: I Dont Have Enough Faith to be an Evolutionist - Skepticism of Evolution - by Alphonse il Segundo - 09-14-2019, 10:13 AM



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