Doubting Darwinism

Why is an Austrian cardinal stirring up the evolution-vs.-creationism argument in the U.S.? In part, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn says, to spark debate in an increasingly secular Europe. Earlier this month, the influential Archbishop of Vienna — who is as close as any Cardinal to Pope Benedict XVI — wrote an editorial in the New York Times lambasting what he calls "Neo-Darwinian dogma," and suggesting that the Roman Catholic Church isn't necessarily convinced that evolution is true.

"Evolution in the sense of common ancestry might be true, but evolution in the Neo-Darwinian sense — an unguided process of random...

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