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Science and Christianity (letter)

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 Contents - Jun 2001AD2000 June 2001 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Church reform: from Stage One to Stage Two - Michael Gilchrist
Archbishop Pell installed in Sydney - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Basic Ecclesial Communities: Adelaide's 'new model of church' - Michael Gilchrist
Annual women priests protest in Adelaide - AD2000 Report
Denver document addresses challenges to Catholic marriage teachings - AD2000 Report
US missionary risks death in Colombia - Zenit News Service
Anglican defence of Catholic inter-Communion ban - Fr Geoffrey Kirk
How a small rural parish survived against the odds - Paul Newton
Light to the Nations 2001 - Young Australian Catholics celebrate their faith - Mary-Jane Donnellan
Letters: Archbishop Pell (letter) - Godwin Brown
Letters: Ballarat Diocese (letter) - Fr Gerry Baldock
Letters: Encouragement (letter) - John F. Doran
Letters: Consecrated life (letter) - Therese O'Rourke
Letters: Indian appeal (letter) - Kevin L. Fernandes
Letters: Annunciation (letter) - Andrew Scholl
Letters: Altar (letter) - Stuart J. Blackwood
Letters: Science and Christianity (letter) - Mrs Carol V. Phillips
Letters: Sexual abstinence (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: 'Lest we forget' (letter) - Marion Craig
Books: The Turin Shroud: Past, Present and Future, International Scientific Symposium - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: 'As One Struggling Christian to Another: Augustine's Christian Ideal for Today' - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: 'Blessed Columba Marmion: a Short Biography' by Mark Tierney OSB - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: 'The Wedding Present' by Viscountess Margaret Long - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Heaven in Stone and Glass: Experiencing the Spirituality of the Great Cathedrals - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: 'The Doctors of the Church' by Bernard McGinn - Angela Joseph (reviewer)
Books: 'Praying The Psalms: A Commentary' by Fr Stanley L. Jaki - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: 'Praying with Thomas Aquinas' by Houle, Monshau and Norris - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Reflection: The priest: mediator between God and man - Archbishop George Pell

Scot Chaston's comment (March AD2000) on my letter regarding science and Christianity deserves a response.

Interestingly, he actually contradicts his own view, by stating that "natural selection" leads to "the maintenance of species." This is the exact opposite of what the theory of evolution to higher species proposes, and is one piece of evidence that it could not have occurred.

Molecular biology shows that mutations within species serve to keep species static. Mutations are very rarely, if ever, beneficial to an organism, and the affected individual usually dies or is sterile.

My letter, however, was not maintaining that some natural selection does not occur in nature, but that a lower species cannot become a higher.

The idea that God could have created using the evolution process does nothing to prove that the process actually occurs. If evolution to higher species cannot happen, then God did not use it.

Unfortunately, however, the belief that God did in fact create through evolution undermines the Christian belief in Original Sin, which was committed by a particular human being at a certain point in time, requiring the Redemption by God the Son, at another point in time. It means that the first humans had parents who were non-humans, and thus not created as Genesis outlines.

It is important to understand these points in the evolution vs Christianity debate. Once again, I urge readers who are interested in this issue to read Darwin On Trial by Philip E. Johnson.

Burswood, WA

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 14 No 5 (June 2001), p. 14

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