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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.
explained that both scientific theories were not incompatible with the
existence of a creator – arguing instead that they “require it”.
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.
He added: “He created human beings and let them
develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they
would reach their fulfilment.
“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,
“Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the
notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings
The Catholic Church has long had a reputation for
being anti-science – most famously when Galileo faced the inquisition
and was forced to retract his “heretic” theory that the Earth revolved
around the Sun.
But Pope Francis’s comments were more in keeping with the progressive
work of Pope Pius XII, who opened the door to the idea of evolution and
actively welcomed the Big Bang theory. In 1996, John Paul II went
further and suggested evolution was “more than a hypothesis” and
“effectively proven fact”.
Yet more recently, Benedict XVI and his
close advisors have apparently endorsed the idea that intelligent
design underpins evolution – the idea that natural selection on its own
is insufficient to explain the complexity of the world. In 2005, his
close associate Cardinal Schoenborn wrote an article saying “evolution
in the sense of common ancestry might be true, but evolution in the
neo-Darwinian sense – an unguided, unplanned process – is not”.
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