Saturday, December 24, 2016

Pope Francis: Big Bang and Evolution are True

The Toowoomba Chronicle is reporting a story out of the Vatican that Pope Francis has declared evolution and the big bang to be scientifically accurate and not threats to faith.  Andrew Withnall writes:
THE theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real and God is not "a magician with a magic wand", Pope Francis has declared.

Speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope made comments which experts said put an end to the "pseudo theories" of creationism and intelligent design that some argue were encouraged by his predecessor, Benedict XVI.

Francis explained that both scientific theories were not incompatible with the existence of a creator - arguing instead that they "require it".

"When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so," Francis said.

"The Big Bang, which today we hold to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator but, rather, requires it.

"Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve."
This follows a pattern in recent years of the Popes accepting evolution that goes all the way back to Pope John XXIII.  I am quite sure that if the Hammish one gets wind of this, he will denounce it, forthwith. 

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