Saturday, November 19, 2005

Vaticans View on Intelligent design.

When it comes to authority on Christian thinking. The Vatican is probably the biggest. I have talked about intelligent design recently here. So what is the Vaticans view on Intelligent design. Well
The Rev. George Coyne, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, said placing intelligent design theory alongside that of evolution in school programs was "wrong" and was akin to mixing apples with oranges. Intelligent design isn't science even though it pretends to be," the ANSA news agency quoted Coyne as saying on the sidelines of a conference in Florence. "If you want to teach it in schools, intelligent design should be taught when religion or cultural history is taught, not science."
His view on how we came to be is
If they respect the results of modern science, and indeed the best of modern biblical research, religious believers must move away from the notion of a dictator God or a designer God, a Newtonian God who made the universe as a watch that ticks along regularly." Rather, he argued, God should be seen more as an encouraging parent. "God in his infinite freedom continuously creates a world that reflects that freedom at all levels of the evolutionary process to greater and greater complexity," he wrote. "He is not continually intervening, but rather allows, participates, loves."
I think I will take the Vaticans opinion as being more authoritative then the Kansas school board I mentioned before.


Kevin Breathnach said...

While you've got a point, and while I agree that ID should not be taught in schools, you have to realise that the school board in Kansas was made-up of Protestants of one form or another and are therefore, a different faith with, in theory, different beliefs.

Simon said...

The thing is the ID crowd are targeting school boards not politians they are trying to get in on ground floor below to influence stuff. But do they have the right to subject there religion on people of other religions.

Freedom of religon includes the freedom of not being religious.

Kevin Breathnach said...

The Vatican and Evangelical Protestants having contrasting beliefs is something that we all accept, and as such, the contradiction carries little validity.

However, I entirely agree with the central thesis: that ID should not be tauight in schools, not as orthodox evolution is anyway.