Wednesday, April 11, 2007
No Papal Bull
It appears that, in a new book, Pope Benedict has rejected Intelligent Design Creationism and backed "theistic evolution," which accepts the findings of science in biology. What he denies is the position that Darwin's theory and the random nature of evolution rules out any role for God, a claim that he holds to be a philosophical or ideological conclusion rather than a scientific one.
In the book, Benedict defended what is known as 'theistic evolution,' the view held by Roman Catholic, Orthodox and mainline Protestant churches that God created life through evolution and religion and science need not clash over this.
'I would not depend on faith alone to explain the whole picture,' he remarked during the discussion held at the papal summer palace in Castel Gandolfo outside Rome.
As I said over at your place, I agree that it's too early to tell what it really means.