This signals a sharp departure from former Pope John Paul II, who, in 1996, said in his Address of Pope John Paul II to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, that "new knowledge has led to the recognition of the theory of evolution as more than a hypothesis." It looks like the makings of a modern Galileo-type fiasco, but this time with a number of religious scientists volitionally lending their support.
Philosophers, scientists and other intellectuals are to meet with the pope this week at his summer palace near Rome to discuss the issue, The Guardian reported Monday.
Advocates of the theory argue the universe and living things are so complex they must be a product of intelligent design rather than natural selection. Critics say the theory is a disguise for creationism.
Vatican officials last week announced evolution and creation would be the topics for this year's meeting of the pope's Schulerkreis -- a group consisting mainly of his former doctoral students that has been gathering annually since the late 1970s, The Guardian said.
Pope Benedict raised the issue during the inaugural sermon of his pontificate, saying, "We are not the accidental product, without meaning, of evolution."
The Church never learns about science: Galileo disaster redux?
Posted 29 August 2006 - 03:14 AM
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Posted 29 August 2006 - 03:21 AM
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Posted 29 August 2006 - 05:43 AM
Maybe the Church formally supporting "intelligent design" will lend it the exact kind of credibility that it so richly deserves.
I just saw a show on C-SPAN or C-SPAN2 last night by two knuckleheads who wrote a book about ID. It was hilarious to see their convolutions and squirms to avoid saying who/what the "designer" must be. If the Catholic Church supports ID, it leaves even less room for them to go to court and say they are not promoting religion.
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