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Chance or Purpose? Creation, Evolution and a…

Chance or Purpose? Creation, Evolution and a Rational Faith

by Christoph Schönborn

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This was a very thoughtful and articulate book, offering one man's well-supported opninions and musings regarding the origins of life on earth and the universe. The Cardinal Schonborn offers his opinions as just that: his alone, though not without support from the teachings of the Catholic Church. Throughout, he makes it clear that although what he writes is in no way in contradiction to the teachings of the Magisterium, it is still just a private opinion. And as such, it is a splendid testament to the Cardinal's thoughtful and rational consideration of the matter. ( )
  MissClark | Jan 19, 2012 |
I have a great deal of respect for Cardinal Schonborn but I wish he hadn't written this book. The intent was to expand on an OpEd piece he wrote for the N.Y.Times in 2005. ( )
  DeaconBernie | Jun 24, 2008 |
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"Cardinal Schonborn responds to his critics by tackling the hard questions with a carefully reasoned "theology of creation". Can we still speak intelligently of the world as "creation" and affirm the existence of the Creator, or is God a "delusion"? How should an informed believer read Genesis? If God exists, why is there so much injustice and suffering? Are human beings a part of nature or elevated above it? What is man's destiny? Is everything a matter of chance or can we discern purpose in human existence? In his treatment of evolution, Cardinal Schonborn distinguishes the biological theory from "evolutionism", the ideology that tries to reduce all of reality to mindless, meaningless processes. He argues that science and a rationally grounded faith are not at odds and that what many people represent as "science" is really a set of philosophical positions that will not withstand critical scrutiny" -- www.ignatius.com.… (more)

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