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Sunday, November 06, 2005

The Vatican backs evolution over Intelligent design

Whoa! A cardinal said Thursday the faithful should listen to what secular modern science has to offer, warning that religion risks turning into "fundamentalism" if it ignores scientific reason. Cardinal Paul Poupard, who heads the Pontifical Council for Culture, made the comments at a news conference on a Vatican project to help end the "mutual prejudice" between religion and science that has long bedeviled the Roman Catholic Church and is part of the evolution debate in the United States. [...] "The faithful have the obligation to listen to that which secular modern science has to offer, just as we ask that knowledge of the faith be taken in consideration as an expert voice in humanity." Poupard and others at the news conference were asked about the religion-science debate raging in the United States over evolution and "intelligent design." Intelligent design's supporters argue that natural selection, an element of evolutionary theory, cannot fully explain the origin of life or the emergence of highly complex life forms. Monsignor Gianfranco Basti, director of the Vatican project STOQ, or Science, Theology and Ontological Quest, reaffirmed John Paul's 1996 statement that evolution was "more than just a hypothesis." "A hypothesis asks whether something is true or false," he said. "(Evolution) is more than a hypothesis because there is proof." Not that this will really change the minds of the Intelligent design supporters ( most of them are protestant) , but still, whoa.

2 Comments:

At 11/06/2005 07:03:00 PM, Anonymous Jordan from Left Canada said...

Even Jesus said to take the bible with a grain of salt... and that is why Ham sandwiches are so popular!

Its nice to know America is being led by a man who is willing to abondon the scientific method (hypothesis, falsifyable, predictions, experiment) and replace it with psycholically greedy philosophy that you can never prove true or false.

Is this how Bush drilled for oil?

 
At 11/07/2005 11:19:00 AM, Blogger Russ said...

This is actually not surprising. The Catholic and Orthodox denominations of Christianity have never seen an innate conflict between the Christian faith, and the human desire to understand more of Creation.

 

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