Thomistic Evolution: A Catholic Approach to Understanding Evolution in the Light of Faith

  • Article collection
  • Approximately 60 pages
  • Level: high school and above

The first page of the Thomistic Evolution website features the heading “Understanding Evolution with St. Thomas Aquinas”. Thomistic Evolution features a collection of sixty article written by a team of Dominicans with backgrounds in science, theology and philosophy. These are Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., who received his Ph.D. in Biology from M.I.T. and his S.T.D. in Moral Theology from the University of Fribourg; Fr. James Brent, O.P., who earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from St. Louis University; Bro. Thomas Davenport, O.P., who received his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University; and Fr. John Baptist Ku, O.P., who earned his doctorate in sacred theology (S.T.D.) from the University of Fribourg. They write:

Evolutionary theory has raised numerous disputed questions among the Catholic faithful and other Christian believers concerning the relationship between faith and reason and between religion and science.

As a team of Dominican friars and scholars committed to the preaching of the Gospel, we are convinced that the Thomistic intellectual tradition grounded in the philosophical and theological synthesis of our Dominican brother, St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P., who lived nearly 800 years ago, can still provide insightful and compelling responses to these questions.

From our pastoral experience, we have discovered that Catholics and other Christians are frequently surprised by the novelty and brilliance of these Thomistic responses. Often, this is the case because these answers transcend and reconcile the dichotomies…. Unfortunately, the Thomistic responses to these disputed questions in science and religion are neither well known nor well understood.

Thomistic Evolution consists of 30 two-page essays on “Disputed Questions” ranging from “Randomness, Chance, and the Providence of God [Question #10]” to “How did God create Homo sapiens through evolution? [Question #24]”

Click here for the Thomistic Evolution website.

Click here for the 30 Disputed Questions in two-page PDF format.