Comment on Why I Believe In A Young Earth by William.
One of my favorite topics. I don’t have time to refute all your “beliefs” (which is what they are), but I do have a few questions:
Point 2: “How do we explain God’s purpose for the earth for so long without man?” Since the earth was made for man, why should it bother you that He took a long time in preparing it? To Him, that time was as nothing.
Point 3: Where in Catholic doctrine am I told that Adam’s sin brought death to all creatures?
Point 4: You are correct that “the biological evolution of mankind cannot be reconciled with Catholic revelation”, and that Adam and Eve “were the first and only parents of the human race.” There is actually some scientific evidence to back you up on this. (Do you happen to know what it is?) But you seem to want to use this point to get to
Point 5: “Scripture and Tradition clearly allow for the creation of man and the world in a state of maturity“. Yes, but they do not compel it. “If you are a theist and believe in creation ex nihilo, then you must at least believe in this possibility.” No I must not. That a thing is possible doesn’t make it at all likely.
Evolutionism is a theory that badly needs refuting, but you’re not going to do it by telling me that the creation of man and the creation of the fruit fly were equally miraculous events, nor by asserting vague reservations about the speed of light and the properties of matter. You need to say when these things were not what they are, based on some evidentiary necessity and not on your sense that the evidence doesn’t sit well with Revelation. Miracles are by their nature rare and calculated to get our attention. In the story of creation, there are only two points at which the Christian has a vested interest in the miraculous: at the creation of the universe, and of man. Do you really want a God who creates all things in maturity (which levels our sense of the miraculous), or who tinkers here and there frequently and unpredictably, thus rendering impossible our ability to distinguish the miraculous from the natural?
If you want to defeat evolution, defeat it on its own terms, not on terms dictated by the possibilities of spiritual truths.