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Creation, Evolution, and Catholicism: A Discussion for Those Who Believe Paperback – April 15, 2016
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Born in 1940, Thomas McFadden lived through the era of enormous changes in American culture, morality, and religious practice about which he has written. He has a degree in electrical engineering and a masters in engineering administration. Sandwiched between 18 years as a weapons project engineer and 17 years as a contracting officer were 12 years in Ireland working for a U.S.-based educational charity.
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Do yourself and your kids a giant favor and enjoy this highly readable, understandable, and logical introduction to Reality.
I am a practising Catholic who studied geology at university. Everything seems to make sense now about creationism and this book has helped me to understand my faith and how it really fits in rather than the humanistic view. I never knew that Darwins theory was just an unproven theory. I was taught it was science fact.
I love the book and am eagerly awaiting its follow up!
Curiously, the author interrupts his narrative with two pro-theistic cosmology sections, one on gravitational waves, the other on light before stars. There are occasional good anecdotes of a similar nature throughout this oddly organized, unindexed, unscholarly book. Hence two stars.
Then follows a much longer discussion of Evolutionary Biology. Again, none of the evidence for Evolution is presented. The author's chief complaint seems to be that Evolution is often taught in an atheistic manner. These days, practically everything practically everywhere is taught that way. The author seems to believe that Evolution entails atheism, but this is false. Certainly Pope St. John Paul the Great did not agree with this author. Evolution should never be confused with evolutionism; science should never be confused with scientism. Much of the author's viewpoint derives from hyperliteral private interpretation of Scripture. This book may well represent a greater danger to the faith than poorly taught evolution.
Readers interested in Cosmology from a theistic perspective will likely enjoy many of Fr. Spitzer's books, which discuss much else besides. Unfortunately, I know of no similar presentation of Evolution that rejoices in how well it explains so much of Creation's kaleidoscopic splendor.