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Disputed Questions in Evolutionary Creation: Thomistic Responses for the Catholic Faithful and Other Curious Minds

Providence College
Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, OP; Fr. James Brent, OP; Bro. Thomas Davenport, OP; and Fr. John Baptist Ku, OP

Evolutionary theory has raised numerous disputed questions among the Catholic faithful and other Christian believers concerning the relationship between faith and reason. As a team of Dominican friars and scholars committed to the preaching of the gospel, we believe that the Thomistic intellectual tradition grounded in the worldview of our Dominican brother, St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P., can provide insightful and compelling responses to these questions. We are requesting funding not only to support our efforts to write a series of parish bulletin inserts for the Catholic faithful -- we imagine fifty-two inserts, one for every week of the year -- that explains the philosophical and theological framework that undergirds evolutionary creation, from a Thomistic perspective, but also to establish a website, ThomisticEvolution.org, which will allow us to disseminate our essays to a global audience of believers and non-believers via the Internet. We think that these resources -- the bulletin inserts and the website -- have the potential to reach and to educate a significant number of the approximately seventy million Catholics in the United States. We especially want to target college-age believers by reaching out to our own Dominican network of university parishes, campus ministries, and national collegiate organizations. It should also be of interest to our brothers and sisters who belong to other Christian churches and ecclesial communions who are seeking to reconcile faith and reason in a scientific age.

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