The Magis Center is launching a new John Templeton Foundation funded campaign, “The Purposeful Universe. The campaign will be promoted to journalists, bloggers, and also on social media platforms through mid-December. Here is the text of the press release that went out yesterday.. Please forward to friends, family, colleagues, etc.
In 2002, John Paul II addressed the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the beginning of its plenary session with “The Cultural Values of Science.” Eighteen years later, the truth of his words still resonates:
Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel were contemporaries, but did they know of each other’s work? There is clear evidence that Mendel read “The Origin of Species,'' and mounting evidence that Darwin had heard of Mendel’s work.
The name of Gregor Mendel is inescapably linked to “genetics.”
The name of Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution are so closely linked that most people are unaware of the history of the theory “before” Darwin.
The human brain is the most complex organ in existence. It is a largely uncharted frontier for scientists. And it is not like a computer.
New studies on animal learning, language, and the use of tools have created a firestorm of articles with the underlying theme that “animals are just like us.”
“The history of the earth is recorded in the layers of its crust; the history of organisms is inscribed in the chromosomes.” Hitoshi Kihara, former director of the Japanese National Institute of Genetics
“An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going.”
The theory of evolution has created a crisis of faith among believers, but is it a valid or necessary response to new scientific information about man’s origins? There are many scientists currently speaking out against this idea (click here and here), but there is more to the debate than just a face-off between science and religion. This is one reason for reading a book that reveals the arguments of four different schools of thought on evolution and clearly defines the terms of the debate.