Pro-Evolution Pope | ICR.ORG

icr-home2by Brian Thomas, M.S. *

During an October 28 meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences held in the Vatican, Pope Francis said, “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve,” according to The Telegraph. He also asserted that the Big Bang “doesn’t contradict the intervention of a divine Creator, but demands it.”1 If the Pope says it’s okay for Catholics to embrace the Big Bang and evolution, does that settle the controversy?

Those who simply take the Pope’s words as authoritative may find no reason to doubt his recent assertions, but attempts to square Pope Francis’ statements with science or the Bible will encounter some serious red flags. Continue reading →

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2 Responses to Pro-Evolution Pope | ICR.ORG

  1. james hamrick says:

    This comment is about the big question, where did everything come from/what existed before the big bang? First, I would like to offer my perception that time does not exist. It is an invention of man, not a discovery. In an infinite, eternal Universe, which we do exist in, time cannot be segmented. Here on Earth time exists, as a very useful tool invented by man. Who knows? Soon, we may discover that space, and everything in it does not exist either! Strange that the total amount of energy in the Universe is zero, or is it? (Strange, that is.) We may begin to approach an understanding of the nature of IT when we discard the mental shackles that keep us bound in misunderstanding! Admit it, scholars, professors and freelance brainiacs, there never was, is, or will be the non-existence of the Universe! Please begin using the proper term; “the Universe as we know it,” in arguments about what existed (not what came before) before the big bang. Everything is nothing, that is evident in the sum of energy in the Universe. First, we need to come up with a new term to encompass “time” (I am more comfortable using the term “history”) and space before, during, after, inside and outside of what came from the big bang. I choose The Universality for now. The Universality has much more history and is immensely larger than our Universe. We’ve all imagined that spotted balloon expanding representing the expansion. Imagine a googleplex cubed number of those balloons expanding! It is possible. And expanding against each other in a 3-D astronomical mosaic. And the material collecting into the recycling centers of the Universality. It seems more plausible that there is something, and then nothing, and then something, etc. And that that is simply the nature of the Universality. If we accept the idea that “it just is.” We may someday find out, why?

  2. Christiane says:

    Catholic people, including Pope Francis find awe in the Creation ex nihilo AND the natural world, and do not see the two as opposed to each other. I suppose this might help explain the thinking of the Church on the subjects of Creation and ‘science’ (at least I hope it helps):

    “”…methodical research in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never conflict with the faith, because the things of the world and the things of faith derive from the same God.
    The humble and persevering investigator of the secrets of nature is being led, as it were, by the hand of God in spite of himself, for it is God, the conserver of all things, who made them what they are.”

    “Though faith is above reason, there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason. Since the same God who reveals mysteries and infuses faith has bestowed the light of reason on the human mind, God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever contradict truth”.

    The quotes above are from Gaudium et Spes, a pastoral letter.
    I do believe that Pope Francis not only appreciates the wonders of Creation ex nihilo but ALSO values the great beauty of the structure and order within the natural world, which unfolds to us so much of the greatness of its Creator.

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