Understanding Evolution with St. Thomas Aquinas

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 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 – for instance, the oft-cited dichotomy between chance and design – that shape the contemporary science and religion debate. God designs with chance! Unfortunately, the Thomistic responses to these disputed questions in science and religion are neither well known nor well understood.

To remedy this, we have inaugurated this website with a series of responses to disputed questions that cover the topics we have encountered most frequently in our conversations with believers. Though they can be read individually, we have intentionally put our answers in an order that systematically reveals the theological vision of our brother, St. Thomas Aquinas.

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