Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Evolution and creation: A recurring papal theme, often misunderstood

One of the counter arguments I, and many others, try and use whenever possible is that faith and evolution are not mutually exclusive. Here is a like to an article "Evolution and creation: A recurring papal theme, often misunderstood"

The really telling part is the two quotes from Pope Benedict XVI:

"I see in Germany, but also in the United States, a somewhat fierce debate raging between so-called 'creationism' and evolutionism, presented as though they were mutually exclusive alternatives: Those who believe in the creator would not be able to conceive of evolution, and those who instead support evolution would have to exclude God,"

"This antithesis is absurd because, on the one hand, there are so many scientific proofs in favor of evolution which appears to be a reality we can see and which enriches our knowledge of life and being as such. But on the other, the doctrine of evolution does not answer every query, especially the great philosophical question: Where does everything come from? And how did everything start which ultimately led to man?"
I think this sums things up pretty well :-) When the Pope says the artificial dichotomy is "absurd" maybe some folks will listen harder. I can only agree that evolution doesn't answer everything, it only answers the 'how' and the 'what' -- it does not answer the 'Why' and shouldn't even try!

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