- The conflict is real and permanent: the “surrender” option.
- The conflict is real but temporary: the “truce” option.
- The conflict is only apparent: the “creative” option.
WWhich option is the faithful Catholic to take? Clearly not (1). Since the Church has long insisted that “reason” and “faith” complement rather than contradict each other, surrendering the confirmed results of natural science to theological dogma on this point is not an option. So the debate among thoughtful Catholics is really about whether to embrace (2) or (3). Do we settle for a temporary truce, waiting science out a while longer? Or do we take the present results of science for granted as a point of departure for some creative theological re-thinking?