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theologicalreflection2 - 1 Theology 100-22 24 February 2011...

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1 Theology 100-22 24 February 2011 In Pope John Paul II’s “Message to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences: On Evolution,” the Pope addresses the Catholic Church’s ongoing debate concerning the theory of evolution. The Genesis story leads Christians to believe all humans held a unique place in the process of creation. The theory of evolution, on the other hand, suggests that God was not necessary in the creation of humans. Evolution hypothesizes that humans developed over time from matter that already existed on earth. For decades, Christians rejected the theory of evolution because it contradicts the truth God revealed through the Bible. Pope John Paul II agreed that both theories could not be entirely true; if one were true, the other had to be false. However, in his message to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope suggests that there could be truth behind both theories. While the physical bodies of humans likely developed through evolution, the Genesis story could still hold true that God created the spiritual side of humans. The Pope’s
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2011 for the course THEO 100 taught by Professor Scine during the Spring '08 term at Saint Louis.

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