Creation and Evolution: A Conference With Pope Benedict XVI (Hardcover)
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Title: Creation and Evolution: A Conference With Pope Benedict XVI
Author: Cardinal Christoph SchÃ¶nborn (Foreword), S.D.S. Stephan Horn
Date Published: May 2008
In 2005 the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal SchÃ¶nborn wrote a
guest editorial in The New York Times that sparked a worldwide debate
about "Creation and Evolution". Pope Benedict XVI instructed the
Cardinal to study more closely this problem and the current debate
between "evolutionism" and "creationism," and asked the yearly
gathering of his former students to address these questions.
Even after Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI, he has continued
to maintain close contact with the circle of his former students. The
"study circle" (Schulerkrers) meets once a year with Pope Benedict XVI
for a conference. Many of these former Ratzinger students have gone on
to become acclaimed scholars, professors and writers, as well as high
ranking Church prelates.
This book documents the proceedings of the remarkable conference on
the topic of "Creation and Evolution" hosted by Pope Benedict XVI in
2006 at the papal summer residence, Castel Gandolfo. It includes
papers that were presented from the fields of natural science,
philosophy and theology, and records the subsequent discussion, in
which Pope Benedict XVI himself participated.
"Ultimately it comes down to the alternative: What came first?
Creative Reason, the Creator Spirit who makes all things and gives
them growth, or Unreason, which, lacking any meaning, strangely enough
brings forth a mathematically ordered cosmos, as well as man and his
reason. The latter, however, would then be nothing more than a chance
result of evolution and thus, in the end, equally meaningless. As
Christians, we say: I believe in God the Father, the Creator of heaven
and earth. I believe in the Creator Spirit. We believe that at the
beginning of everything is the eternal Word, with Reason and not
-- Pope Benedict XVI
"Creation and Evolution is an extraordinary opportunity for the public
to listen in on the conversation as some of the greatest minds in the
Catholic Church -- theologians, philosophers, scientists, and Pope
Benedict himself -- wrestle with one of the most thorny and
far-reaching of topics. Participants clash repeatedly over what we
really know about the forces that shaped life on earth, over what is
data and what is hype, over what certain scenarios might mean even if
they were true. I recommend it to anyone who wants to know where we
might have come from and where we might be headed.
-- Michael J. Behe, Lehigh University, Author of The Edge of Evolution
"At a time when evolution is the subject of so many bitter polemics,
it is refreshing to see theologians and scientists together to engage
in respectful, informed, and thoughtful discussion of it."
-- Stephen M. Barr, professor of Theoretical Physics, University of
Delaware, and author of Modern Physics and Ancient Faith.