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I am a scientist. I have found that there are two types of scientists. The first denies God and wonders how anyone can be so stupid. The second prays for the first because they cannot see the forest for the trees.
Currently, I believe Catholics are free to believe in strict creationism or evolution. The only part of the creation story that we must hold as true is that Adam and Eve were real people.
I want to share two things from The New Catholic Vision (a study guide they use in our Catholic Basics program at St. Paul the Apostle):
[b:1427q89u]Do you know why?[/b:1427q89u]
Disciple: Old Wise One, it puzzles me how a person can be an atheist. How can anyone walk about among the beauties of nature and not come face-to-face with God?
Wise One: Dear disciple, for the same reason that a thief can walk about among the streets of a city and never come face-to-face with a police officer. Do you know why that is?
[u:1427q89u]”The Dancer” by Anthony de Mello[/u:1427q89u]
God is the Dancer.
His Creation is the Dance.
The dance is different from the dancer,
it has no existence apart from Him. . . .
The moment the dancer stops,
the dance ceases to exist. . . .
Be silent and look at the Dance.
a star, a flower, a fading leaf. . . .
it won’t be long before you see. . . .
the Dancer Himself.