Re: [asa] Evolution Conference Washington, DC - language confusion

From: Gregory Arago <>
Date: Wed Sep 16 2009 - 03:19:04 EDT

Hey Schwarzwald, Point well made and well taken. G.A. ________________________________ From: Schwarzwald <> To: Sent: Monday, September 14, 2009 5:22:02 PM Subject: Re: [asa] Evolution Conference Washington, DC - language confusion Heya all, Jumping in here on one point. >>And then you named Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who was disciplined for his views by the Roman Catholic Church because they were possibly inconsistent with Christian theology, while you suggest they *are* consistent with Christian theology. We will have to have this out one day George because Teilhard is a controversial figure and his process-orientation is *huge* in his approach. > Catholic as I am, I have to mention that the Roman Catholic Church is concerned with Catholic theology, not simply Christian theology. If Chardin was promoting salvation by faith alone, his view would still be 'Christian theology'. It would not be Catholic theology. And even the condemnation was not complete - as in, not every idea that Chardin discussed was necessarily incompatible even with Catholic theology. Either way, the result is that Teilhard's case is complicated. That the RCC condemned him does not mean he wasn't promoting a Christian theological concept, nor does it mean that all of his writing/understanding is incompatible with more specifically Catholic theological concepts. On the other hand, it doesn't mean that everything Chardin wrote was distinctively Christian, or compatible with orthodox Christianity/Catholicism either. I will say that Chardin's view of evolution puts him in sharp opposition to Darwin's view of evolution. But then, as I've said before on this list, who cares what Darwin thinks? __________________________________________________________________ Make your browsing faster, safer, and easier with the new Internet Explorer® 8. Optimized for Yahoo! Get it Now for Free! at

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