Evolution in the sense of common ancestry might be true, but evolution in the neo-Darwinian sense - an unguided process of random variation and natural selection - is not. …Apparently it's the meaninglessness that bothers Schönborn and other Catholic theologians (and a lot of ordinary people as well).
The [International Theological Commission's 2004] document … reaffirms the perennial teaching of the Catholic Church about design in nature: "An unguided evolutionary process - one that falls outside the bounds of divine providence - simply cannot exist."
Schönborn does on to quote Benedict XVI, the new pope, as saying,
"We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution."And how is meaning to be included in evolution? The quotation continues as follows.
"Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary."In another context, I've referred to the work of Irvin Yalom, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine on Existential Psychotherapy, who makes the point that we have four great fears in life: death, freedom, isolation, and meaninglessness.
- We will each die.
- We must each make our own decisions.
- We are each ultimately an isolated individual.
- There is no meaning in the universe.