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The Six Days of Creation

Introduction by Frank Morriss

I don’t know any better Introduction to this second edition of The Six Days of Creation than to repeat the remarkable review of the first edition of this work, which Frank Morris did for The Wanderer in the summer of 1985.

“This is not merely a good book; it is a remarkable one. It is remarkable in a number of ways – the vast data on evolutionary claims and their answer, the ingenious format of a dialogue between fictional defenders of a variety of positions, the deftness of handling such a format, and the fidelity to logic to which Br. Thomas Mary holds his spokes-persons. It is undoubtedly the first major Catholic effort of recent years to force evolutionists into an honest confrontation concerning their claims. I am tempted to say that Brother has put the evolutionists into the dock; but more in keeping with his format he has forced them to the round table. The verdict or the outcome is left to the readers, and truly so because of the scrupulous fairness and completeness of this confrontation. As one who has long found evolutionist claims unsatisfying, I find my own conclusions most gratifying. With this work in hand no one need be abashed by evolutionists’ boldness and dogmatism.

The 11 “meetings” are each tied by theme to the six days of creation described in Genesis. The unbeliever, a Jewish secular humanist, is too liberal to object to this arrangement, hastening to distance himself either in favor or against God, citing Carl Sagan for the courage and open-mindedness of such a position. Fr. Robert A. Staatz, a liberal Catholic, hastens to comfort him with quotations from Fr. Bruce Vawter and others of Modernist orientation to the effect that even the Church itself is no longer dogmatic enough to speak of an agnostic approach to Scripture and the origin of things. In this manner a great deal of actual dialogue is incorporated into the imaginary – and deliciously so, I might add.

It is left to Mrs. Maria Stepan, a conservative Catholic historian, a Rev. De Verne Swezey, a Protestant university chaplain and a creationist, to defend any reality and literalness regarding the Genesis account. I must say they do a wonderful job, not because of any lack of objectivity, but because their creator, Br. Thomas Mary, is so well informed and incisive of thought. If Dr. Schonfield and Fr. Staatz come off looking somewhat wimpish, it is not, I assure you, that Br. Thomas Mary has purposely made them so, but because he has been so honest about their type. It is genuine and not fictional Modernist argumentation that leaves Fr. Staatz defending an almost completely un-literal Scripture, in which venerable Catholic teaching is so diluted as to be of little or no annoyance to either a Dr. Schonfield or a Carl Sagan.

If it is art to hold the mirror up to nature, then Modernist Catholics are going to have to turn out looking more like agnostics than true believers. Blame the mirror, not the holder of the mirror, who is merely pursuing his vocation to present such reflection.

I was delighted to read Mrs. Stepan’s demolition of the faddist humanist arguments for animal consciousness based on so-called language experience (recently popularized in the case of Koko, the kitten-loving gorilla). I had from pure logic and my own small knowledge of Thomistic psychology presented much the same argumentation to my high schoolers against the conclusion that brutes can be taught to communicate even very simply, by sign language.

You should take form this review that I consider Br. Thomas Mary’s book a delightful treasure. I think if you read it you will agree.”

~ Frank Morriss

  • The Six Days of Creation - part 1
      • Book Store Introduction
      • Table of Contents
      • Comments on Front and Back Covers
      • Preface to the First Edition
      • Acknowledgements
      • Preface to the Second Edition
    • The First Day ~ The Origin of Matter and Energy
      • The 1st Meeting
        • The Existence of God
        • The Origin of Religion
  • The Six Days of Creation - part 2
      • The 2nd Meeting
        • The Atomic Theory of Matter
        • Science and Morality
    • The Second Day ~ The Origin of the Universe
      • The 3rd Meeting
        • The Oscillating Universe
        • The Law of Entropy
  • The Six Days of Creation - part 3
      • The 4th Meeting
        • The Age of the Universe
    • The Third Day ~ The Origin of Life
      • The 5th Meeting
        • From Spontaneous Generation to Abiogenesis
  • The Six Days of Creation - part 4
    • The Fourth Day ~ The Origin of the Sun, Moon and Stars
      • The 6th Meeting
        • The Galileo Case
      • The 7th Meeting
        • Extraterrestrial Intellegince
  • The Six Days of Creation - part 5
    • The Fifth Day ~ The Origin of Fish and Birds
      • The 8th Meeting
        • The Theory of Evolution
    • The Sixth Day ~ The Origin of Man
      • The 9th Meeting
        • The Evolution of Man
  • The Six Days of Creation - part 6
      • The 10th Meeting
        • The Future Evolution of Man
          • Recombinant DNA Research
        • Genetic Engineering
      • The 11th Meeting
        • The Existence of the Soul
      • Back Cover


Not Made by Hands

Not Made by Hands, by Brother Thomas Mary Sennott is the only book of its kind on the two most famous and controversial images in existence — the holy image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the tilma of the Indian, Juan Diego, and the sacred image of the crucified Christ on the Holy Shroud of Turin. Written by a scientist-religious, it is a good rebuttal of those who would say either image is a fraud. Besides introducing the reader to the story behind these famous miraculous images of Jesus and Mary it is an excellent resource book bringing the reader up to date with the latest findings of experts in the field of sindonology, notably Dr. Alan and Mrs. Mary Whanger.
The first part of the book on the Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a good supplement to the more extensive coverage found in the recently published Academy of the Immaculate book, A Handbook on Guadalupe. Both parts of the book will lead to further interest and reading on these phenomenal images so interesting and inspiring in so many ways. This exposé of those faking it will attract more people to the truth of the matter. For as G. K. Chesterton points out, "The believers in miracles accept them (rightly or wrongly) only because they have evidence for them. The disbelievers in miracles deny them (rightly or wrongly) because they have a doctrine against them." The well illustrated 112 page, just published book has the same attractive format as the Marian Shrines and Saints Series of the Academy of the Immaculate Books.

Bro. Francis Mary Kavelege, F.I.


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