Chance or Purpose?: Creation, Evolution, and a Rational Faith
Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn's article on evolution and creation in The New York Times launched an international controversy. Critics charged him with biblical literalism and "creationism". In this book, Cardinal Schoenborn responds to his critics by tackling the hard questions with a... show more
Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn's article on evolution and creation in The New York Times launched an international controversy. Critics charged him with biblical literalism and "creationism". In this book, Cardinal Schoenborn responds to his critics by tackling the hard questions with a carefully reasoned the "theology of creation". Can we still speak intelligently of the world as "creation" and affirm the existence of the Creator, or is God a "delusion"? How should an informed believer read Genesis? If God exists, why is there so much injustice and suffering? Are human beings a part of nature or elevated above it? What is man's destiny? Is everything a matter of chance or can we discern purpose in human existence? In his treatment of evolution, Cardinal Schoenborn distinguishes the biological theory from "evolutionism", the ideology that tries to reduce all of reality to mindless, meaningless processes. He argues that science and a rationally grounded faith are not at odds and that what many people represent as "science" is really a set of philosophical positions that will not withstand critical scrutiny. Chance or Purpose? directly raises the philosophical and theological issues many scientists today overlook or ignore. The result is a vigorous, frank dialogue that acknowledges the respective insights of the philosopher, the theologian and the scientist, but which calls on them to listen and to learn from each another.
Publish date: November 1st 2007
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Pages no: 181
Edition language: English
Zaczęło się od artykułu kard. Schönborna na stronach New York Times'a, który wzbudził wiele kontrowersji. W odpowiedzi na zarzuty i rosnącą lawinę wątpliwości powstała ta książka. Niecałe 200 stron zostawia mały niedosyt, bo niektóre kwestie można by omówić głębiej, ale być może zbytnia drobiazgowoś...
This was a very thoughtful and articulate book, offering one man's well-supported opninions and musings regarding the origins of life on earth and the universe. The Cardinal Schonborn offers his opinions as just that: his alone, though not without support from the teachings of the Catholic Church. T...