Catholic Theologians on Biblical Accuracy

Pope Benedict XVI has said (24 April 2005), “We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.” This did not please the atheist-minded scientists in our society, who maintain with vehemence that we are as Richard Dawkins asserts: “The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, […]

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Biblical Thorns

A Thorny Issue In 2007 and 2009 John Mackay and colleagues found fossils of plant stems with sharp thorny projections. Some critics have questioned whether these are really thorns. One botanist has asserted that technically these are not thorns, but spines. So let us deal with two questions: First: Would the hard pointed structures on […]

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Anglican Bishop Appalled

Anglican Bishop appalled, according to Anglican News (Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, Australia) March 2007, p2. In a response to Richard Dawkins’ book The God Delusion, Bishop George Browning writes: “Like you (Richard Dawkins) I am appalled by the teachings of creationism and of intelligent design. My reason for taking the teaching seriously rather than […]

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Quote: Earliest Systematic Naming

“The earliest case of systematic naming occurred about 6,000 years ago when God brought all his newly fashioned creatures to Adam to see what he would call them (Genesis 2:19).” J. L. Heilbron, “Coming to Terms”, Nature, vol. 415, p585, 7 Feb 2002. Heilbron is from Worcester College, Oxford UK. Editorial Comment: The intriguing thing […]

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Quote: Augustine on the Age of the Earth

Age of earth? It’s not a new debate. Augustine (AD 354 – 430) wrote: “They are deceived, too, by those highly mendacious documents which profess to give the history of many thousand years, though, reckoning by the sacred writings, we find that not 6000 years have yet passed.” The translator’s note says: “Augustine here follows […]

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Quote: Moses and Jesus

About Moses and Jesus: “The problem for the Jews was that they clung to the words of Moses and rejected Jesus. The trouble for many Christians today is that they cling to Jesus and deny the words of Moses.” Jesus said to all concerned, “If you believed Moses, you would believe me”, (John 5: 46 […]

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Quote: Darwin on Christ

Darwin on Christ: In November 1880 a man named Frederick McDermott, who declared himself to believe that “Christ was the Son of God,” wrote to Darwin, asking if Darwin also believed this, and if he believed in the New Testament. Darwin replied: “I am sorry to have to inform you that I do not believe […]

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Quote: Darwin on the Old Testament

Darwin on the Old Testament: In his autobiography (written in 1876) Darwin describes his loss of trust in the Bible over the years as he worked on his evolutionary theory: “Whilst on board the Beagle I was quite orthodox, and I remember being heartily laughed at by several of the officers (though themselves orthodox) for […]

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Quote: Darwin on the Gospels

Darwin on the Gospels: In his autobiography (written in 1876) Darwin dismissed the Old Testament and then went on to attack the Gospels: “By further reflecting that the clearest evidence would be requisite to make any sane man believe in the miracles by which Christianity is supported,—that the more we know of the fixed laws […]

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Quote: Darwin on Shaking Faith in the Bible

Darwin on shaking faith in the Bible: Darwin commented on Lyell’s method of shaking faith in the Scriptures in a letter to his son: “Lyell is most firmly convinced that he has shaken the faith in the Deluge etc far more efficiently by never having said a word against the Bible, than if he had […]

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