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Evolution – Smevolution!
Exposing a Scandal in Science: A Much Closer Look at the Evolution Debate
Revised 19 August 2017
*Note: The missing appendices of Appendices 1-18 are under revision—back “soon”—I’m old; get used to it. J
Photo Copyright Rick Harrison 2007
The late and much beloved Sir John Templeton once said “scientific revelations may be a gold mine for revitalizing religion in the 21st century.” This has in fact been recently occurring across a broad spectrum of scientific thought ranging from the nearly mystical approach of Trinh Xuan Thaun to the fully concrete cosmological resource and probability computations of William Dembski.
While the general concept of evolution is almost certainly true, the neo-Darwinian theory of accidental evolution, icon though it may be, is absolutely unsalvageable. Evo-Smevo assaults the reader with an eye-opening logical and factual barrage, demolishing the materialist’s smug assumption of an accidental worldview.
Many have long suspected that the accidental worldview was a myth. This book proves it.
I would like to invite the world’s 1 billion already socially active Catholics to join the cultural fight for intelligent design. There is a real risk of positive social consequences in these recommendations for change—so let’s do it!
The champions of intelligent design theory (ID), Behe, Dembski and Meyer, have long since knocked out their opponents on the academic merits. How long neo-Darwinism might have continued to stagger in the ring, raising limp arms in false victory while tossing out a myriad of verbal obfuscations aimed at delaying the public’s transition to ID, is anyone’s guess. Evo-Smevo, however, brooks no dilly-dallying. Dawkins & Co. will have to go. From this book forward, neo-Darwinian evolution is a failed icon.
Evo-Smevo returns God to the foundational position in scientific theory at the origin of life and the universe where Charles Darwin first placed him in The Origin of Species—and none too soon. It’s about time we returned to sanity in evolutionary theory.
* See the Templeton Foundation Web site memorial to Sir John Templeton at http://www.templeton.org/newsroom/press_releases/sir_john_templeton/.
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About the Author: Rick Harrison is retired from the United States Air Force, and holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Illinois Wesleyan University (1975).
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Statement of Faith: This Web site is a personal Web page, individually owned by a Catholic layman. My statement of faith is the Nicene Creed of the Catholic Church:
I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.
NOTE: Many non-Catholics misunderstand the Catholic theology, having heard it from non-Catholic commentators who misrepresent it. The Catholic Church teaches that we are saved by grace through Jesus Christ just like the Protestant churches teach. The Holy Sacraments facilitate our holding onto that salvation throughout our lives, but they are not the source of it. The sole ultimate source of our salvation is Jesus Christ. Christ has elected the Sacrament of Baptism to be the ordinary way his salvation is delivered, but He is the source of the salvation not the Sacrament itself; the Sacrament and the Priest who delivers it are his instruments (CCC 987). People can be saved otherwise by affirming Christ in their heart, seeking the truth of God and living a good God-fearing life which signifies having Christ in their heart, etc. (see Romans 2: 12-15). There is no salvation outside of Christ, but He elects how the grace of that salvation is delivered.
Likewise the other crazy misrepresentations about the Catholic Church are similarly wrong. We do not worship the saints as if they were God, we venerate them, which is a much lower form of reverence. We do not worship physical objects as idols, instead we acknowledge that God can bless objects or imbue them with a mysterious form of His presence as he (apparently) did with Moses staff and Aaron’s staff, the Ark of the Covenant, etc., or that, as symbols or icons, they can be an aid to worship, helping us focus on the divine attributes of God and the holy virtues of the heavenly host. The mysterious but real presence of Christ’s body and blood produced by the Holy Spirit in the Eucharist (consecrated bread and wine) during the Catholic Mass is no more incomprehensible than St. Mary’s being mysteriously imbued with the body of baby Jesus by the Holy Spirit minus normal human procreation. Conceptually it is a very similar thing: a transformation of matter from one kind to another and the addition of a divine spirit.
And Christ did promise that he would be with the Apostles until the end of the age. He promised to send the Holy Spirit, the spirit of truth, to reside in them, and that he also would reside in the Apostles. (John 14: 16-20 NABRE) This is the foundation for the Catholic doctrine of the infallibility of the pope and the bishops acting in council. As the Church’s officially ordained successors of the Apostles, the same gifts of the indwelling of Christ and the Holy Spirit, “the spirit of truth” (my emphasis), have been passed on to the bishops and popes. Thus, on matters of the core teachings of the Christian faith the pope acting as the teaching head of the Church and the bishops acting in councils convened under the pope’s authority are infallible. We see this traditional passing on of the gifts of ordination in the God-directed replacement (as an answer to prayer) of the Apostle Judas Iscariot by Matthias in the first book of Acts. At Acts 1:2 we see that Christ gave instructions to the Apostles through the Holy Spirit. These instructions, imparted as they were by the Holy Spirit, could not have been fallible. And at verse 8 of the same chapter, the author of Acts (St. Luke) reports Christ as saying “you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (my emphasis) Obviously the Apostles can’t be Christ’s divinely appointed and empowered witnesses and be fallible. What would be the point of appointing infallible witnesses only to have them replaced by successors who then get it all wrong?
Catholics did not invent the assumption of persons into Heaven with the doctrine that St. Mary was assumed into Heaven; Sts. Elijah and Enoch are referenced in the Bible as being assumed, and certainly the Lord would hold his own mother in even higher esteem.
Perhaps the doctrine of St. Mary’s glorification prior to final judgment is the hardest one to defend, as it seems extra-biblical, but the last verse in the Gospel of John tells us that only a fraction of Christ’s actions were recorded in the Bible. Also in the Gospel of John are Jesus own words, telling us that the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, would come to the Apostles and teach them many things that he had yet to teach them, as well as reminding them of what he had already taught. (John 14:26 NABRE) "The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name—he will teach you everything and remind you of all that [I] told you." Similarly, at John 16:12-13 we find: "Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.’" (my emphasis) Here is another suggestion that not everything Christ had to teach is in the Bible. The phrase “all truth” also implies infallibility on matters of Christ’s teachings.
If St. Mary was pure enough to give birth to God, why couldn’t she be glorified? The teaching that she must have been purified is fully biblical as it reflects the Old Testament Hebrew practice of purifying the temple prior to God investing his presence in it. If St. Mary was pure enough to be the Mother of Christ, she was pure enough to enter Heaven and be glorified. “Honor they father and thy mother”: this precept alone makes St. Mary’s glorification fully consistent with biblical principles. For Jesus to honor his mother after his ascension she would at least have to be composed of the same incorruptible spiritual substance as Christ and the heavenly host (as opposed to rotting physical matter lying in the grave). The Catholic Church does not stray from the teachings of Christ and the Bible, although not all Christ’s teachings are in the Bible, as St. John has told us.
We did not invent praying to saints; Christ did in the parable of Lazarus’ master praying to Abraham who was in Heaven (or at least on the good side of the abode of the dead pending Christ’s descending to bring him to Heaven along with the faithful departed who had died before Christ atoned for their sins on the cross).
As the instructors teach when one joins the Catholic Church, forget all the mistaken comments you have heard from uninformed outsiders, the Catholic faith is just Christianity.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen: “There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be."
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Full Text Holy Bible (from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website)
Readings from the Catholic Liturgy of the Hours / Divine Office of Readings (from Universalis website)
Full Online Catechism of the Catholic Church (from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website)
Compendium to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (from the Vatican website--an abbreviated summary of the Catechism's main points)
Daily Scripture Passages and Memorials of Saints (very short) (also from Universalis website): http://www.universalis.com/-400/today.htm
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