Sunday, November 23, 2008

Dr. John Haught on Natural Theology

Tonight I'm reading a chapter called "Does Evolution Rule Out God's Existence?" from Dr. John Haught's Science and Religion for my Faith & Critical Reason class. Right now I don't have time for a comprehensive analysis and evaluation of the chapter, but I will point out one very problematic statement on page 60 when Dr. Haught discusses natural theology. Dr. Haught says "Nature itself provides evidence neither for nor against God's existence." That is anti-Biblical, Dr. Haught! What about:
Psalms 18:2: "The heavens show forth the glory of God, and the firmament declareth the work of His hands."
Wisdom 13:5 "For by the greatness of the beauty, and of the creature, the Creator of them may be seen, so as to be known thereby."
Romans 1:20: "For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made. His eternal power also and divinity: so that they are inexcusable."

The Church Doctor Archbishop St. John Chrysostom the Great of Constantinople says in Homily 9, 4 on the Statues on Psalm 18:2:
How then, tell me, do they declare it? Voice they have none; mouth they possess not; no tongue is theirs! how then do they declare? By means of the spectacle itself. For when you see the beauty, the breadth, the height, the position, the form, the stability thereof during so long a period; hearing as it were a voice, and being instructed by the spectacle, you adore Him who created a body so fair and strange! The heavens may be silent, but the sight of them emits a voice, that is louder than a trumpet's sound; instructing us not by the ear, but through the medium of the eyes; for the latter is a sense which is more sure and more distinct than the former.
On page 61 Dr. Haught dignifies Hans Küng with the title "Roman Catholic theologian," but Hans Küng's works are full of pernicious heresy. Please, Küng, renounce your notorious heresy and accept the true Catholic faith!

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