My husband and I are considering starting to attend a Catholic Church, but I have some questions about their beliefs. Mainly, I want to know if they interpret the bible literally or figuratively. Do they really believe in the creation story as told in Genesis? Do they believe that Noah actually put two of each animal in the world on an ark? If not, what is the interpretation that is given. Also, is evolution pretty much accepted, or is there a lot of resistance given to it?Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 2:25 PM on Jun. 26, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by NovemberLove at 3:00 PM on Jun. 26, 2009
Answer by NovemberLove at 3:04 PM on Jun. 26, 2009
Answer by waldorfmom at 3:47 PM on Jun. 26, 2009
As far as I know, Catholicism approves of a 7-day Creationism, literal interpretation of Genesis and a young-earth theory.
This really isn't true. You will find there is a LOT of misunderstanding or down right false teachings of the church. I suggest you get Catholic for dummies or the Catholicism Answer Book.
Catholicisms staunchly believes in Creation,that God created the world, the universe, and especially t he human soul. It believes that God created man and woman in the image and likeness of God, as told to us in Genesis. Creation is to make something out of nothing. It is not changing one substance into another, it is making something which did not previously exist. Atheistic evolution, which denies the existence and the necessity of a Supreme Being and creator
Answer by Anonymous at 4:58 PM on Jun. 26, 2009
... is very much condemned. However, a modified theory of evolution that retains the existence and the necessity of a divine creator is allowed. God could use evolutionary processes to change aspects of His Creation. This would imply that God created evolution just as He created the laws of physics, the laws of chemistry and mathematics. If evolution does exist and operate, it must be part of the divine will since nothing can or does exist or happen outside the will of God.
*Got that from p11 of The Catholicism Answer Book. Notice how it doesn't say 7 24 hour periods.
Answer by Anonymous at 5:02 PM on Jun. 26, 2009
Traditionally Catholic refer to four senses of Scripture, which are outlined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Literal Sense: which is the meaning conveyed by the words of Scripture - the actual event, person, thing described in the biblical text. The literal sense gives rise to the following three “spiritual senses.”
2. Allegorical Sense: How those things, events, or persons in the literal sense point to Christ and the Paschal Mystery.
3. Moral Sense: How the literal sense points to the Christian life in the Church.
4. Anagogical Sense: How the literal sense points to the Christian’s heavenly destiny and the last things.
See this article for details.
Answer by eringobrough at 6:07 PM on Jun. 26, 2009
As for evolution - basically the Catholic Church teaches what anon. said. While the Church permits belief in either special creation or developmental creation on certain questions, it in no circumstances permits belief in atheistic evolution. The article "Adam, Eve and Evolution" contains more information.
Answer by eringobrough at 6:12 PM on Jun. 26, 2009