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Evolutionism

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 Contents - Feb 2006AD2000 February 2006 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Catholic schools: how much accountability? - Michael Gilchrist
Cardinal Arinze on the Liturgy: the Mass is not entertainment - Cardinal Francis Arinze
News: The Church Around the World
Catechesis: Latest research on Catholic school leavers - Michael Gilchrist
Education: Catholic Church and her schools face a 'wake-up call' - Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett
Liturgical Music: The spiritual impact of Msgr. Richard Schuler's priestly leadership and example - Fr John T. Zuhlsdorf
Priestly vocations: the key role of bishops - John Mallon
New Age paganism's creeping influence within the Church - Wanda Skowronska
Blessed Charles de Foucauld: seeking nothing but God's will - Dr Frank Mobbs
The Church of England: beyond satire? - Rev Peter Mullen
Letters: Clerical Celibacy (letter) - Fr Adrian Head
Letters: All Saints Day (letter) - M & L Morrissey
Letters: Ars priests retreat - Fr Robert Markey
Letters: Wrong chord? (letter) - John Daly
Prayer: The Abandonment Prayer of Charles de Foucauld
Letters: Beautiful music (letter) - Josephine Landsberg
Letters: Cardinal von Galen (letter) - Denise M. Cameron
Letters: Survival of the fittest (letter) - Arthur Negus
Letters: Evolutionism - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Intelligent design (letter) - Paul MacLeod
Letters: Homilies (letter) - Robert Prinzen-Wood
Letters: Catholic magazines needed in India - Fr A. Joseph
Letters: EWTN tapes available - Harry and Antoinette Zwaans
Books: Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church - Peter Westmore (reviewer)
Books: The Pope Benedict Code, by Joanna Bogle - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: For the Life of the World:St Maximilian and the Eucharist, by Fr Jerzy Domanski - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: CATHOLIC FAMILY CATECHISM: Disciples' Edition and Apostles' Edition, Fr Tierney - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Events: Virtus - Retreat for Young Men
Events: Lecture on the Compendium of the Catechism - Msgr Peter Elliott
Books: Stimulating reading from AD Books
Reflection: The hidden treasure of the Holy Mass - St Leonard of Port Maurice

Evolutionism, or, as the Europeans prefer to call it, Transformism, is the theory that the organic world of plants and animals has come into being by a process of change by which a small number of ancestral types in each kingdom, perhaps only one - as Darwin surmised - have given rise to the variety that now confronts us.

It may be extreme, as with Darwin, or moderate, as with Wasmann, L.S. Berg or L. Viaaletin, who postulate a great number of ancestral types, whose descendants form a group of limited size, such as the land Carnivira. But all evolutionists reject Fixism, the theory of Linnaeus that species remain ever the same.

However, Darwin's theory that the variations have resulted from the accumulation of minute variations from the parent stock is incompatible with the fact, established by palaeontology, that the various forms appear suddenly in the strata, fully formed, often in great variety, with no identifiable ancestral type or transitional form which could link them with another group.

To end with a story. The earliest fossiliferous strata are the Cambrian. One day two geologists were working on a 60 foot block of Cambrian shale, which contained 56 different genera of invertebrate animals, all fully formed, with no intermediate forms. "Well Bill", said one man to his colleagues, "it looks mighty like instantaneous creation, doesn't it?"

FR G.H. DUGGAN SM
Silverstream, New Zealand

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 19 No 1 (February 2006), p. 15

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