De waarheid is één: De Rooms-Katholieke Kerk en de evolutietheorie

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Abstract

Why do Catholics have less problems with evolution than Protestants? After first having shown that this indeed is the case, the author analyses the six theses that Pierre Teilhard de Chardin had to sign in 1925, and on this basis suggests two factors that contributed to the more positive attitudes of Roman Catholics to evolution. Firstly, in the nineteenth century Roman Catholicism defined the infallibility of the Pope while certain Protestant groups began to accept the infallibility of Scripture. If the Bible consists of true propositions and nothing besides, also the claims about creation in six days must be literally true. Roman Catholics do not have this problem, though they have a similar problem in that the Council of Trent defined the historicity of original sin. And secondly, Catholics trust that the findings of science eventually cannot contradict faith, since science and Christianity are true and the truth is one.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)112-122
Number of pages11
JournalRadix
Volume45
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • evolution
  • history of theology
  • Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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