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The Doctrines of Genesis 1-11: A Compendium and Defense of Traditional Catholic Theology on Origins Paperback – November 28, 2007
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About the Author
Fr. Victor Warkulwiz has a Ph.D. in physics from Temple University, an M. Div. from Mt. St. Mary?s Seminary, and an M.A. in theology from Holy Apostles Seminary. He has taught courses in literature, mathematics, and physics at Holy Apostles Seminary and courses in philosophy and religion at the Franciscan Friars of Mary Immaculate scholasticate. He is a member of the Missionary Priests of the Blessed Sacrament and National Director of the Apostolate for Perpetual Adoration in the United States.
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This book has been criticized because Father Warkuluwiz goes beyond the pronouncements of the hierarchy. In particular, he recommends that the latitude that Pius XII gave to evolution in Humanii Generis should be revoked due to the fact that it is a principle of Catholic Biblical exegesis that the literal and obvious sense must be believed unless it is rationally untenable. As the evidence accumulates, Father Warkuluwiz thinks evolution is increasingly untenable. As a result, he believes Catholic theology should go back to its default - the literal and obvious sense of the text.
Some people fail to recognize that a theological argument needs to be advanced for a magisterial pronouncement before the magisterium rules on a given issue. All theology is done this way. There were hundreds of arguments for the immaculate conception before the papal pronouncement. The level of trust that can be vested in Genesis 1 - 11 is a theologically open question. Theological argument on unresolved magisterial issues are healthy. So is this book. I promise any Catholic reading this book -- even one not convinced by it -- will feel far less elitist condescension to Evangelical Protestants, most of whom hold many of the views articulated in this book. Evangelical Protestants were the vanguard of challenging evolution. I think there is definitely a movement afoot among orthodox Catholic intellectuals to wonder if they were on the wrong side of the debate.
This book does not get into the philosophy involved. That is understandable. It is a fat book just dealing with the theological side of the ledger. Given the level of deference given to scientists, the philosophical analysis needs to be done before the theological argument is entertained. As a result, I recommend reading Evolution and Other Fairy Tales before reading this book.
I found it very interesting how he points out that even though statements by recent popes have leaned toward an acceptance of evolution, the church can NEVER officially adopt it because it is contrary to scripture and early fathers statements.