"Cardinal Schoenborn writes with masterful simplicity on profound
"I, as a scientist and Christian outside the
Catholic tradition, welcome his wisdom. He argues effectively that there
are multiple approaches to reality, and he states clearly that while
intelligent design is worthy of human reflection, from a
scientific perspective the evolutionary model is the true story."
-- Owen Gingerich
Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and History of
Science, Harvard University. Author of God's Universe
"Intellectual curiosity is here joined with precision of reason and
vibrancy of faith.
"The result is a wondrously instructive guide to
one of the most controverted questions of our time by one of the most
influential leaders of the Church."
-- Fr. Richard John Neuhaus
Editor, First Things
"Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn's 2005 essay in the New York Times, which
seemingly condemned Darwin's scientific theory of evolution,
ignited a firestorm of controversy.
"Yet the hasty responses did not look
deeply enough into the Cardinal's words. Rather than the
science of Darwin, it is the philosophical claims made in its name that
the prelate upbraided. Science cannot speak of ultimate purpose,
and scientists who do so are outside of their authority.
"In Chance or Purpose? the Cardinal shows that the data of biology, when properly
examined by reason and philosophy, strongly point to a purposeful
-- Michael Behe
Author, Darwin's Black Box
"Anyone reading this sentence knows that eyes are meant for seeing. Yet
in today's debates over evolution, the question of meaning ranks among
the most controversial (even if obvious) features of our world.
"In the din of this muddled debate, Cardinal Schoenborn speaks as a true teacher
of the Catholic faith, unafraid to apply the core wisdom of the Bible to
the two Top Questions that haunt us all: where do we come from and where
are we headed?
"Any attempt to answer these two tormenting mysteries will
either begin here or never find their resolution."
-- Fr. Edward T. Oakes, S.J.
University of St. Mary of the Lake Mundelein, Illinois.