Laszlo Bencze writes to say,
Michael Chaberek. I’m currently reading Catholicism and Evolution, by Michael Chaberek. It would be easy to assume that the book deals in esoteric matters of interest to Catholics only. However, I’m finding that it offers one of the best summaries of the history of evolution that I have ever read. It’s scope strikes me as broad and it’s tone is scholarly but in a highly readable style. It is also extremely ID friendly and proposes ID as far superior to theistic evolution as a way of understanding biology. Here’s an excerpt, from a section explaining what ID is up to:
A proposition for the improvement of an outdated theory. The proponents of intelligent design are not trying to reject Darwin’s theory completely, but instead, are seeking to modify it. Doubtless, there is a limited extent to which the theory is true, but it dates back to the 19th century and, just like the theories from other scientific domains, it has suffered some degree of expiration. Its explanatory power is too weak to account for phenomena observed under the electron microscopes of the 21st century. Darwin’s theory may be compared to Newton’s mechanics, which eventually were replaced by Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Newton’s theory remained valid, but only with reference to a narrow range of phenomena (at low speeds and in small spaces.) In order to explain broader phenomena, we needed a new and more general theory. In biology this broader theory is intelligent design. (p. 58)
It’s clear that succeeding chapters do delve into the specifics of Catholic doctrine and the evolution of Catholic thought about Evolution. But I suspect that even these will be valuable to the general reader. Regardless the first two chapters are incisive and highly useful to ID advocates.
See also: More tales of the tone deaf: Catholic intellectuals who say that Thomas Aquinas would not have supported ID
Top Vatican official says Catholic scientists should “come out”