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.

Theistic evolution may be more of an antithesis to ID than science is. Certainly, IDeologists find it distasteful in the extreme.
The denouncements (carefully phrased not to overly offend potential allies among conservative Catholics) should be coming from the Discovery Institute in three … two …

Just caught this story. My reaction is not as charitable as yours.
Heh! ... That's nothing to PZ's reaction. Apparantly I'm a traitor to the cause or somethin' for not being sufficiently enraged that the Pope hasn't agreed to give up religion and accept materialism or some such.

As I said over at your place, I agree that it's too early to tell what it really means.
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