Why do Catholics accept evolution but Protestants don’t? ?
For people wondering where I get my information from, I get it from Pew Research Centre which conducts polls. They ask questions to religious groups about their views on evolution. Most Protestants don’t accept evolution while most Catholics do.
- JoeBamaLv 72 months agoFavourite answer
Christians don't believe we came from a lower life form. We believe we came from a Higher life form!
- Special EPhexLv 72 months ago
Probably because the Protestant Reformation came around the same time as the Scientific Revolution, in the 16th century, when Europeans began interpreting and accepting, ideas and philosophies, in a "literal" sense. Nature, which had been view as 'alive' and 'not apart from God', was beginning to seen and described as "mechanistic", operating like the gears of clockwork.
The secular view of nature gave rise to the competing views of "Material Fundamentalism" and "Christian Fundamentalism", among atheist and theist intellectuals seeking to break from the Catholic Church.
- Exodus 20:1-17Lv 62 months ago
The pope gave Catholics the green light that it is ok to believe in evolution.
- PaulLv 72 months ago
Because Jesus Christ founded one Church, said it was to remain one, and promised that one Church the fullness of God's truth until the end of time. Therefore, the teaching of that one Church, the Catholic Church, guaranteed true by God Himself, never conflicts with natural truths revealed by science. Truth cannot conflict with truth. In Protestantism, untruth is rampant as shown by the fact that there are thousands of different denominations, the teaching of each one contradicting the teaching of the others, so it is no surprise that some of these false teachings also conflict with natural truths revealed by science.
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- tennLv 72 months ago
Catholics don't teach that every word of the Bible is literal history. Sola scriptura is a fundie Protestant doctrine.
- capitalgentlemanLv 72 months ago
They do, at least outside of the USA. Only a handful of fundamentalists don't, but, frankly, I do not even know how they figure out a light switch! They are certainly a tiny minority of Christians though, although their numbers in the USA are high. Still a minority though.
- Zac ZLv 72 months ago
Not all Protestants are science denying evangelicals.
Over here in Europe, the vast majority of Protestants are quite well-educated and laugh in disbelief about folks who seriously believe that the Genesis stories are literally true.
- EverardLv 72 months ago
Most Protestants do.
It's just a few of the most gullible cults who think *poof* .. *poof* .. *poof* .. cretinist could be true 😎
- tentofieldLv 72 months ago
Many Protestant sects accept evolution. It is the Old Testament Fundamentalists, the Biblical Literalists who don't. In much of the world, these are a tiny minority of Protestants but, alas, there is a plethora of them in the USA.
- nineteenthlyLv 72 months ago
Sane Protestants do, but Roman Catholics place more emphasis on church authority, meaning that for better or worse they're kind of ruled by intellectuals and accept their learned judgement, whereas many Protestant doctrines are formed by amateurs.