Thursday, April 26, 2012

Do You Believe in Evolution??? Evolution pushed in Roman Catholic Bibles for Latin America: post by Ken Ham of AIG

Ken Ham just posted this on his blog for Answers in Genesis. Creationism is a subject dear to my heart, and it has always bothered me that the official stance of the Catholic Church appears to be in support of the 'theory' of evolution. There is an overwhelming amount of evidence in support of the literal Biblical account of creation and the flood. Enough to make many scientists turn their back on evolution over the years in recent times. I wonder, how many of my Roman Catholic readers support evolution, and how many support creationism (that God created everything in 7 days, and that the flood account is literal)? '


Moonshadow said...

You have Roman Catholic readers? ;-)

But I don't care for your definition of creationism. Creationism is simply the belief that God created everything.

I think you're really asking how many of your Roman Catholic readers support biblicism. My hope is "few."

Jennie said...

Haha. Well, Ya'll are the ones who comment the most :)
Ok, there are different views of creationism, just as in any subject, of course. But the one I've most been exposed to is the one that Answers in Genesis and The Institute for Creation Research have proliferated.
I meant to add to this post an 'apology' for the polemical tone of Ken Ham's post. I also posted the link on facebook, and did add the apology there. I apologize for not apologizing. :D I really mean it.

I have to ask you to define Biblicism just to be sure if I understand what you mean by it. I suppose you know by now that I would consider Biblicism a good thing, and that I would assume it meant placing an extremely high importance to the Bible as God's word.
Good to 'see' you here again, Teresa, by the way :)

Moonshadow said...

I think biblicism means not being sensitive to literary genre, author's intent and historical context. Does biblicism prevent finding other senses or meanings in addition to the literal sense of Scripture?

From only the literal meaning of Scripture, how do you keep God's word relevant to your life today? Let's say, for instance, you aren't literally in exile in Babylon right now. How do the Books of Daniel or Ezekiel aid you?

Too bad we aren't Facebook friends. :-)

Moonshadow said...

Another thought:

When the literal sense of a passage does not necessarily jive with knowledge from other disciplines like history, Catholics look for other senses. Hosea took a whorish wife? Jonah's preaching overturned Nineveh? Perhaps. But they didn't have to in order for the believer to find truth on the sacred page.

Same with Genesis.

Jennie said...

Well, according to your definition of 'biblicism' I am not a strict biblicist. But I'm not sure that your definition covers it, after going to Wikepedia (the final source of all knowledge) :)
I do not think the literal sense is the only sense in which to read the scriptures, and it is not always the best sense. To me there are several levels on which I read and understand scripture, and the more historical, prophetical, grammatical, etc., aspects and info I can have to figure in, the better. However, I do believe that the stories in scripture really happened, except for the parables, with a few other possible exceptions.
I do believe there is truth in all scripture beyond the literal sense, on many levels.

Jennie said...

Teresa, I would love to be facebook friends. I'll look you up, if you don't mind?

Moonshadow said...

I don't think most Christians are biblicists, even the ones who may claim to be because it's difficult, if not impossible. (I haven't read this book)

I am eminently "searchable" on Facebook, by email if not by name. So please! I just posted pictures of my son's first communion from today you might see.

Jennie said...

Thanks Teresa, I'll send a friend request!