Wednesday, February 11, 2009

the bible, the monkey guy, and magic

the vatican hearts charles darwin:
A leading official declared yesterday that Darwin’s theory of evolution was compatible with Christian faith, and could even be traced to St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. “In fact, what we mean by evolution is the world as created by God,” said Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture.
darwin did not heart the church:
"I cannot really understand, either, how anyone might want to believe that Christianity were true, because if it were, then, in the plain terms of the text, it is said that people who do not believe would be punished for eternity, and that would include my father, my brother and almost all my best friends. And that is a terrible doctrine!"
the vatican and intelligent design? not so much:
"The committee (organizing the Vatican's upcoming Darwin conference) agreed to consider ID as a phenomenon of an ideological and cultural nature, thus worthy of a historic examination, but certainly not to be discussed on scientific, philosophical or theological grounds," said Saverio Forestiero, a conference organizer and professor of zoology at the University of Rome.

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