Thursday, April 19, 2007


Another Hat in the Ring

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn is at it again. In another highly ambiguous statement on evolution, he has apparently said at an April 18 session of the "academic days" of the Studium Generale Marcianum in Venice, Italy:

Not all versions of the theory of evolution are compatible with a belief in God the Creator.
Of course, that necessarily implies that not all versions of the theory of evolution are incompatible with a belief in God the Creator.

Supposedly addressing the "ideological aspects of Darwinism," the good Cardinal engages in a bit of guilt by association by noting that "Marx and Engels recognized Darwinism as the scientific basis for materialism." It could equally be noted that not a few people have recognized religion as the basis for Crusades, Inquisitions and Jihads.

Strangely, the Cardinal said:

Prior to Darwin, he noted, many scientists-- including Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton recognized signs of the Creator in nature.
Many have seen such signs since Darwin and still do to this day, including not a few of the clergy of the Church who are also scientists. They just realize that those signs aren't part of science. They are part of theology and faith ... something you'd think the Cardinal might just have heard of before.

And, finally, I might add that not all statements by religious figures are compatible with clarity or good sense.


This is TOTALLY off-topic, but did you know that you are mentioned in the german Wikipedia entry for Kent Hovind, but not in the english one?
[Chuckle] It must be that German "thoroughness." There are a couple of secondary references to my article on Hovind at the American Wiki, through links to the Kent Hovind page at Talk Origins and at John Stear's site. There's such a wealth of material on Hovind, it's hardly surprising.
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