Lula, my dog is alive and well and though we are soul mates hahaha ... he doesn't really have a soul either.
Yes, your dog has a soul...it's just not immortal and rational as yours is. When your pooch dies it's dust and no more.
You want to talk principles … I do not need to find the answers to all the mysteries of the universe …
There certainly are no definitive answers (facts) for believing you "evolved" from an ape. You are big on proofs for belief, but evidently not in this case since try as they have, evolutionists have no scientific proofs of evolutionary apes-to-mankind. The missing link between the two is still missing. Evolutionary apes-to-mankind is pseudo science.
Reason discredits Godless evolution.
Since Godless evolution from nothing is absurd, I know with certainty I did not evolve from an ape. I was specially created by God, and you were too.
“Coming to faith in God really is not about proof.” Well then what is it about?
How about the truth for starters? Do you understand what the word “truth’ means; in all respects but one, it means that things correspond to fact or reality. Then the Church stepped in and redefined the term for us to mean only one thing … God. Screw the science, math, physics, archeology, linguistics, actual common sense, true reason and screw above all things actual knowledge because it is the one thing mysticism cannot conquer.
Back to truth? Yes, let's go there.
Divine Faith (aka true Religion), truth and true science. How are they connected?
You ask, Do I understand the word "truth".
Yes I do.
No proven scientific conclusion will ever necessitate the rejection of a single word of Scripture or Tradition (the infallible teachings of the CC). That's because truth can never contradict truth.
God revealed true Religion (Catholicism) and science call for belief by both faith and study. Faith proceeds all study. religion begins with Divine Faith, that will not in fact decieve; whereas science begins with human faith that is fallible.
It's utterly impossible to study math, physics, archeology, linguistics, etc. as well as Religion, without accepting first principles upon faith, without faith in teachers.
Science, like Religion, begins with mysteries, truths that are not and ever will be fully understood. Electricity is an example. There are natural mysteries about electricity, yet their manifestations prove their existence. Same thing with Religion and proof of God,
"The heavens show forth the glory of God and the firmament declares the works of His hands." Psalm 18:1.
A teacher said: "Science is knowing how God works in the natural order. Divine Faith is knowing how God works in the supernatural order."
If faith were intellectually in conflict with science,the great Catholic scientists could not have consistently proclaimed themselves to be Catholics in faith and practice. They found that faith teaches things so profound they are above reason. Also that faith in both true religion and true science does not teach anything opposed to reason or to those sound principles necessary to reason rightly.
(getting personal) With all due respect, you fail to understand what faith really is and its basic role in the sphere of true science as well as true religion.
Faith is not emotional, blind submission to the unknowable. Rather Faith is an intellectual assent of the mind to something not seen with the physical eye; the acceptance of a truth upon the authority of someone else. In true religion, it is Divine Authority (teachers, first taking Christ at His word to His Apostles..to their successors bishops in Christ's Church).
In science, it is dependence upon human authority that may or may not be right.
When faith of science is accepted, and not the faith of true religion, it's wise to recall what St.John said,
"If we accept the testimony of man, the testimony of God is greater."