Friday, 05 June 2009
Question 146 - Dr. Francis Collins, Catholic, Says Evolution is Fact
Have you ever seen Dr. Franics Collins' website http://biologos.org
Dr. Francis is head of the human genome project at N.I.H, and is frequently on Catholic Answers and Ave Maria radio. He's a devout Catholic and a highly respected scientist but he insists that evolution is a fact. Obviously he has to bend and twist the traditional understanding of Genesis and original sin.
I wonder if you could write a review of the site or offer your comments on his positions. Perhaps you could even engage him in a debate. I think it would be very interesting.
God Bless you and your good work.
R. Sungenis: Ken, yes, you're right. Collins does about as much twisting and contorting of Genesis 1 and Original Sin that I think I have ever seen in order to fit in the evolutionary theory. To me, it verges on heresy, if not already there.
And I'm sad to see Catholic Answers and Ave Maria give what basically is an anti-Catholic position of both evolution and Genesis 1 a public platform. It seems that modern Catholics will do just about anything today to accommodate the unproven theories of evolution.
Collins' treatment of Genesis is similar to what Ken Brown of Princeton (a noted Catholic) does with Genesis. They first accept evolution as fact and then they try to fit evolution into Genesis 1. They do all kinds of abracadabra, now-you-see-it-now-you-don't tricks in the process, and their audience is none the wiser.
The only fact here, however, is that Genesis 1 won't accept evolution. It is written in such a way that whoever tries to fit anything into it besides a miraculous and literal six-day sequence of events is going to end up with egg on his face. If I've seen it once, I've seen it a thousand times.
But when you already accept evolution as fact (even though there is not the slightest proof it is a fact), then you only have one other option. Obviously, you've already decided that you are not going to change your view of evolution, so the only other thing that CAN change is Scripture. So either Genesis 1 is turned into a mere symbolic treatise or it is reduced to a synecdoche. I'm sorry, but this is all hogwash.
Faithful Catholics take Scripture at face value, in its literal sense, unless for some good and sufficient reason they cannot do so. It is the very reason why, when our forefathers came to a passage such as Matthew 26:26 ("This is my body") they, against everything science and logic told them, decided that Jesus meant precisely what He said and therefore the bread was no longer bread (even though it still looked like bread), but was, indeed, the body of Christ.
Genesis 1 is no different. If God says that the earth was created before the sun and stars, then you better believe that that is what He meant and wants us to believe. Anyone who says anything differently is not telling us the God's honest truth, and that goes for Catholic Answers, Ave Maria, Dr. Collins or any other Catholic who uses unproven scientific theories to make Genesis 1 say something it does not say.
I am absolutely ashamed that these Catholics would have the audacity to entertain what Collins has done. Scientism has become the god of greater influence here, and then it’s camouflaged to make it appear as if it is the God of Scripture. But, of course, that is precisely what St. Paul says to us about how Satan will deceive us -- he comes disguising himself as an angel of light (2 Cor 11:13-14).
As for debating, I'll debate Dr. Collins, Catholic Answers, Ave Maria, or any other Catholic who is touting the theory of evolution as fact and has the audacity to distort Genesis 1 as Collins has done. Unfortunately, when you raise this issue to the specter of a public debate, the opponents usually run and hide. But I'll be waiting. In the meantime, I'm sending this email to some of my colleagues at the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation, and a few other people. Perhaps they have something to say on it.