The historic proceedings of Gustav Siewerth Akademie’s conference are presented in Evolution Theory and the Sciences: A Critical Examination. This publication represents the first time since the publication of Humani generis in 1950 that the proceedings of a conference explicitly blessed by a Pope have thoroughly presented the theological, philosophical, and natural science arguments against the evolutionary hypothesis. The Pope’s letter of blessing through the Secretariat of State has been printed in the book for all to see.
One of the many remarkable contributions to the book is a philosophical critique of evolutionary theory by the philosopher Dr. Alma Von Stockhausen, the foundress of Gustav Siewerth Akademie, the small Catholic college where the conference was held. In her essay, Dr. Von Stockhausen illuminates the most important reason why theistic evolution ought to be viewed with horror by Catholics–namely its gross distortion of the character of God. She writes:
God does not “arrive by destroying” as Luther, Hegel, Darwin, and the Neo-Darwinists and Existentialists think. Negation cannot be proven to be a “moving and creative principle” of higher development. The self-abasement of the Highest on the cross can be perverted in the most nefarious manner: dialectical philosophy and theology as well as the theory of evolution have replaced redemption from death with death as a redemptive event. To gain life out of death is only possible for a God who has revealed Himself to be the Creator out of nothingness. To identify the evolutionary process, which pretends to develop life through the deadly selective principle, with God’s creative acts means to dialectically identify God with Lucifer, in line with Luther’s claim “God can only be God, by previously becoming the devil.”
Published in Germany, 2012