Saturday, August 3, 2013

Charles Darwin's Descendant a Catholic




The great-great-great granddaughter of the "Father" of Evolution has joined the Catholic Church and is now an apologist aiding the new evangelization.  Laura Keynes, is a direct descendant of Charles Darwin who is known for bringing the world the notion of Evolution.

While studying for her doctorate in philosophy at Oxford, she says she began to "reassess those values - relationships, feminism, moral relativism, the sanctity and dignity of human life."  This reassessment would lead her home to the Catholic Church.  As a seeker of truth, Keynes read Dawkin's book, "The God Delusion" and found the so-called "New Atheism" to be nothing more that a system, that harbors "...a germ of intolerance and contempt for people that could only undermine secular Humanist claims to liberalism"

I myself do not get tired of stressing that atheism today harms itself by being a contradiction.  It is a one-sided belief that preaches free thought and humanity at the expense of suppressing them in others who do not believe as the atheist does.  The atheist does not realize how fallacious atheism is, and this is frightening indeed.  

Keynes says something important about atheists.  She says:

"If atheism's claim to the intellectual high ground is bolstered by my ancestor's characteristic ability to explore and analyze inconsistencies in the evidence, that same family characteristic led me towards a skeptical assessment of what can and can't be known absolutely."

Perhaps atheists should adopt this.  If they claim to be skeptical and free thinkers, then instead of brushing off evidence for God, they should analyze it without any filters just as Keynes has. This allowed her to find the truth and become a Catholic and an apologist.


Jesus said it best in John 8:32: "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”






Source:

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2013/06/13/descendant-of-darwin-becomes-a-catholic-apologist/

http://www.strangenotions.com/author/laura-keynes/

http://www.catholicvoices.org.uk/

1 comment:

  1. I don't understand Ms. Keynes's claim that "that same family characteristic led me towards a skeptical assessment of what can and can't be known absolutely." That's the essence of the distinction between religious people and atheists: that religious people claim certainty, while atheists remain skeptical. By committing to Roman Catholicism, Ms. Keynes is doing the opposite of what she claims. She is unjustifiably claiming certainty and rejecting skepticism altogether.

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