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Non-Catholics Understand, Why Can’t Catholics?

It’s common to hear my philosophy professor discussing the development of modern philosophy through history and explain, with perfect understanding, how new movements grew out of opposition to established traditional dogmas and doctrines.

He understands that Newton’s laws require the assumption of an eternity of matter, in contradiction to the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas, and that Newton’s laws, if accepted, cause St. Thomas’ arguments for the existence of God to be untenable.

A secular philosopher understands the consequences of Newtonian Physics. Catholics don’t seem to, who pretend these ideas can be embraced by Catholics without any harm.

Again, my professor understands that Darwin’s theory of evolution, based on the process of “natural selection” allows men to deny that the world is governed by divine providence. St. Thomas’ argument that the intelligent activity we see in non-intelligent beings proves that there must be an intelligent Creator. Darwin got around this by proposing that the creatures can be acting randomly and just “luck out” as natural selection allows the strong to survive.

A secular professor understands that this allows men to deny Aquinas’ argument for God’s existence from Providence. Catholics, however, don’t seem to put the two together, but pretend that this is all innocent and perfectly acceptable for Catholics.

Why can’t the Catholics understand the consequences of non-Catholic ideas as the non-Catholics can?

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