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Thursday, January 02, 2014

Thomas Aquinas and God's use of natural selection in creation

In two recent posts in the BioLogos Forum, a Roman Catholic theologian claims that Thomas Aquinas, considered the most important theologian of history, by that church, understood that God used natural selection in the creation of the variety of living things.

The posts are here and here.

The posts consider, and refute, one of the most frequent objections to the use of evolutionary processes, the loss of life necessary in natural selection.

The closing statement is "To sum up, why did God choose to create via an evolutionary process rather than via special creation? Because it better reveals his glory and his power. Because it reveals better that he is God."

Thanks for reading.


2 comments:

atlibertytosay said...

The problem here is that - most evolutionists will say you must agree with the whole theory if you agree with any of it.

I believe evolution is the case for everything except man. I don't believe the evidence of "lucy" or whatever humped over creature or deformity they have found.

I believe evolution is obvious.

I know I reference this a good bit. But, the Creation Museum has a great presentation on this - explaining proto-species being a possible theory for the ark - making zebras and horses and maybe even kangaroos unnecessary to have been on the ark. Evolution took over.

When God created this planet, he breathed life into it, he set "the trees of creation" here - the planet sprouts life. Life sprouts other life. Life depends on other life. My life depends on life that I cannot see or understand.

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, atlibertytosay. Yes, you obviously were impressed by the Creation Museum!