Over the weekend, I had a friend ask me about this story, in which Pope Francis has seemingly cast in with Darwinian evolution. Now, I have learned from previous experience, that pressing some Catholics on this will often result in some long response about the Pope being mis-interpreted. So, I’ll let others decide if this is really what the Pope said. But, let’s at least roll with what the story declares.
“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.”
Oddly, Pope Francis then supposedly said,
“Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”More.
Francis should not be addressing a nuanced subject like “the Big Bang” or “evolution,” especially in a time of ferment within those fields. For one thing, he probably does not even know about the ferment. While he connects well with people, he is not an especially good theologian, as Rossiter’s discussion implies. But who is to tell him?
See also: Wayne Rossiter: The dragon in Plantinga’s garage
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