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- Communion and Stewardship: Human Persons Created in the Image of God, by the International Theological Commission (2004). Available in pdf format (on this page) and may be read online (on this page) at Evangelical Catholic Apologetics; and likewise available in pdf format (on this page) and may be read online (on this page) at Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine (from the 04 February 2012 snapshot of an earlier version of that website). May also be read online at the Holy See.
See also these related texts:
- Disputed Questions in Evolutionary Creation, essays by various Dominican friars and scholars. Available in pdf format or may be read online through this page of Thomistic Evolution. [Comprise introductory essays on the relationship of faith and reason, as well as essays on natural theology, revealed theology, and Catholic theology and evolution.]
- The Spanish versions of the essays, collected as Cuestiones disputadas en la creación evolutiva, are available in pdf format through this page. of Thomistic Evolution.
- The essays appear have been printed as Thomistic Evolution: A Catholic Approach to Understanding Evolution in the Light of Faith, by Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, OP, James Brent, OP, Thomas Davenport, OP, and John Baptist Ku, OP. (Cluny Media, 2016), which may be purchased on this page of Cluny Media; and at Amazon.com.
- Thomistic Evolution: A Catholic Approach to Understanding Evolution in the Light of Faith, by Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, OP, James Brent, OP, Thomas Davenport, OP, and John Baptist Ku, OP. (Cluny Media, 2016). The paperback edition may be purchased on this page of Cluny Media; and the kindle and paperback editions may be purchased at Amazon.com.
- One may also read “In Defense of Thomistic Evolution: A Response to Chaberek”, by Nicanor Austriaco, OP (March 7, 2018) at The Public Discourse, which seeks to refute the assertion by Fr. Michael Chaberek, O.P. that Thomism and evolutionary theory are incompatible.
- For an entirely different perspective, a creationist critique of the book may be read at the Kolbe Center: “’Thomistic Evolution’: Development of Doctrine or Diabolical Deception?”, by Eric Bermingham, with an Introduction and a conclusion by Fr. Thomas Hickey. [N.B., Although we ourselves subscribe to the thesis that the Darwinian theory of evolution is not incompatible with Catholic Tradition and its Thomist elucidation, this essay is noted herein on the ground that its alternative opinion is likewise not incompatible, and in observance of the principle audi partem alteram.]
On the occassion of the secular observance of Evolution Day, 2018. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).
“[T]he gist of the theory of evolution as a scientific hypothesis… is in perfect agreement with the Christian conception of the universe; for Scripture does not tell us in what form the present species of plants and of animals were originally created by God.
“The theory of evolution as a philosophical conception [which] considers the entire history of the cosmos as an harmonious development, brought about by natural laws… is in agreement with the Christian view of the universe. God is the Creator of heaven and earth. If God produced the universe by a single creative act of His will, then its natural development by laws implanted in it by the Creator is to the greater glory of His Divine power and wisdom…
“In the light of this principle of the Christian interpretation of nature, the history of the animal and vegetable kingdoms on our planet is, as it were, a versicle in a volume of a million pages in which the natural development of the cosmos is described, and upon whose title-page is written: ‘In the beginning God created heaven and earth.'”