|Originally posted by kidsncats
My mom once attended a seminar that illustrated how both evolution and creation can coexist. If I recall her telling me correctly(and I'm not sure I do) the whole idea is based on the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden.
I believe in evolution personally.
that because the Church has said since the late 1950's, that believing in evolution was okay, as long as 2 conditions were met:
that at some point in the process, you believe that God imbued whatever had now become a human being with a divine soul, and that
you also believed in the occurence of 'original sin' which led to the expulsion of Adam & Eve from the Garden of Even. What the latter sort of means to me is that once human beings emerged as cognitive beings who could make decisions, they had the free will to choose to stay 'sinless' or or to do bad things, and they chose the latter option. A simple example to me would be that an animal might kill another animal out of some instinct or biological drive, but humans will do bad things to other humans (and animals too) when they could choose not to do so. (This is my interpretation of the Garden of Evil stuff, not a theologians.) If humans didn't sin, they would not need to be redeemed, in other words.
Unlike other branches of Christianity however, Catholicism does not view what is in the Bible as always being literal re-telling of history.