According to radiometric dating of meteorites how old is earth
I will be quoting a young-earth Catholic creationist (who takes the first chapters of the book of Genesis quite literally) and respond to some of his criticisms and confusion over science, Catholic theology, and the Bible.Popes John Paul II and Pius XII on Evolution and Origins In October of 1996, Pope John Paul II addressed the Pontifical Academy of Sciences with a statement on science, evolution, and its implications for philosophy and theology.Since it has been demonstrated that all living organisms on earth are genetically related, it is virtually certain that all living organisms have descended from this first organism.Converging evidence from many studies in the physical and biological sciences furnishes mounting support for some theory of evolution to account for the development and diversification of life on earth, while controversy continues over the pace and mechanisms of evolution.The message reads in part: "Taking into account the state of scientific research at the time as well as of the requirements of theology, the Encyclical Humani Generis [Pope Pius XII, 1950] considered the doctrine of 'evolutionism' a serious hypothesis, worthy of investigation and in-depth study equal to that of the opposing hypothesis.Pius XII added two methodological conditions: that this opinion should not be adopted as though it were a certain, proven doctrine and as though one could totally prescind from Revelation with regard to the questions it raises.And, to tell the truth, rather than the theory of evolution, we should speak of several theories of evolution.
This was also the meaning provided in the official Italian translation, published Oct.
The humble and persevering investigator of the secrets of nature is being led, as it were, by the hand of God in spite of himself, for it is God, the conserver of all things, who made them what they are." [Vatican II GS 36:1] 283.
The question about the origins of the world and of man has been the object of many scientific studies which have splendidly enriched our knowledge of the age and dimensions of the cosmos, the development of life-forms and the appearance of man.
The relevant sections in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994) on origins, faith and science read: 159.
Faith and science: "...methodical research in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never conflict with the faith, because the things of the world and the things of faith derive from the same God."Today, almost half a century after the publication of the [Humani Generis] Encyclical, new knowledge has led to the recognition of more than a hypothesis in the theory of evolution.