Friday, 13 April 2007

Pope: evolution 'not proven'

Benedict XVI, in his first extended reflections on evolution published as pope, says that Charles Darwin's theory cannot be finally proven and that science has unnecessarily narrowed humanity's view of creation - but stopped short of endorsing intelligent design.

InCreation and Evolution, published on Wednesday in German, the Pope praised progress gained by science, but cautioned that evolution raises philosophical questions science alone cannot answer. Read more


Paul said...

"Rather, scientific and philosophical reason must work together, he said, in a way that does not exclude faith".

Sadly, we see the cognitive detrimental aspect of faith. An intellectual construct of cowardice, faith is indeed where one cowers without reason nor evidence to believe or behave. In this way we also see faith as the immoral imperative - it must be, because it must. Evolution is a fact. Our education is not open to quaint theological tainting.

Such intellectual apathy combined with a cleverly deceptive image is yet another mark of intolerance, meddling and archaic tampering with global affairs. One may well ask why comment upon a science when we still have all Nazi books supported by the Vatican?

Because it supports the "attack" upon science which simply by 'being the messenger' and showing us our natural world, we know no god exists yet respect the weak who require fantasy to cope.

Why one needs to cope with the one true chance to exist, and demote our privileged opportunity to the status of a 'test run', in 2007 is as hilarious as terrifying. How sad we now see this appalling stain upon humanity turn upon what keeps us all alive: Science.

Revd John P Richardson said...

The above comment does not meet the 'terms and conditions' about full names and location, so I won't accept a reply from 'Paul' unless he does comply with that.

However, I just wanted to add my own comment that, apart from anything else, it represents the 'reification' of 'science' - the making of a way of thinking into a thing (from the Latin 'res') itself. Hence: "What keeps us alive: Science" (capital S).

Science does not keep us alive, because 'Science' is not a thing with its own existence to do so. What Paul loosely calls 'Science' is actually 'the scientific method' - and approach to gaining knowledge. The knowledge gained has a high probability of being accurate in certain areas amenable to study by the scientific method, and the things we are able to do with that knowledge (like produce clean water and pesticides) help prolong life. None of these things, though, are 'Science'.

In general, what keeps us alive are matters entirely beyond our control, like the Sun or chemical pathways in our bodies.

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