Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Vatican and Darwin - evolving nicely

[Image from Planetware]

The Roman Catholic Church did not always think much of Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. That is not surprising because the Roman church has almost without exception fought scientific insight.

With regard to Darwin, at least, things have changed in Vatican City. In fact, the Vatican is holding a conference on evolution next month, designed to let the world know God thinks that religion and science are compatible, and in honor of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin's book, On the Origin of the Species.

What's really funny is that Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, after declaring that the theory of evolution was compatible with Christian faith, said the notion of evolution goes all the way back to St. Augustine and Thomas Aquinas.

Sure it does. Heh. Heh.

I guess he thought such an idea would give more authority to Darwin's theory. You would think, however, that he could find something Jesus said as reported in the Gospels to show that Darwin was doing the work of God in the world.

What I like about the Vatican position is that it more or less gives a bloody nose to the creationist bunch at the Discovery Institute, and also to the governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, a devout "creationist" Catholic!

1 comment:

Bob Poris said...

It is possible that God inspired Darwin, isn’t it? Many scientists are religious people and believe that free inquiry is part of a grand plan, inspired by God, not some uneducated religious fools.

I could accept that theory easily. If not, how did all improvements from the beginning of time get past the Devil? The Bible doesn’t mention cars, planes, medical discoveries, etc. We are clothed, wear shoes etc. Adam and Eve were not. How did we get where we are today even though the various Bibles did not instruct us?

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