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A view of human origins that believes that the human species gradually evolved from a lower animal organism. This view may or may not be part of a larger hypothesis, e.g., monistic or cosmic evolution. If separated from such hypotheses, it is tenable on Catholic grounds provided that: 1. divine providence is recognized as having specially directed the evolutionary process, 2. the human soul is held to have been uniquely created by God.
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