Creation and/or Creationism? What's a Catholic to Think?
Date: November 2010
Duration: 3 hours 33 minutes
God declared creation good. But the debate raging about creation in recent decades has been anything but.
If you have ever gotten lost in the storm of controversy surrounding the creationism debate, then Fr. Michael Guinan's grounding instruction is your key to understanding.
Do you believe in evolution or creation? Is man created in the image of God or the image of an ape? Should "creation science" be taught in public school science classes? These are controversial issues in America today. They grab headlines and stir up emotions, but often little progress is made in conveying key information.
The controversy, "evolution vs. creation," is actually part of a much larger conflict, one may even call it a "culture-war," but it becomes clear rather quickly that a key role is played throughout by a particular understanding of the Bible (popularly called "fundamentalist") and what it teaches. Is evolution actually in competition with Genesis?
In this course, you will see that the "science vs. religion" struggle on this issue is ultimately a false one. Other ways express more adequately the relationship between these two important and interrelated areas. After setting out some initial perspectives and surveying briefly three challenges from the past (Galileo, the rise of modern geology and the age of the earth, and biology and evolution as represented by Charles Darwin), we will survey the "evolution vs. creation" controversy as it has been played out in the United States in the 20th century.
This course provides the Catholic perspective of this heated topic, an essential resource in the 21st century world that is flooded with inaccurate media. You will find Fr. Guinan's teaching excellent and the information priceless.
This course is part of the Learn25 collection.