A very happy 200th birthday to Mr Charles Darwin!

Perhaps it’s a fitting birthday present that The Catholic Church, so it seems, are being very amicable towards the concept of evolution.

To quote a few choice cuts directly from that link:

“What we mean by evolution is the world as created by God.”

Did I say this? No. It was reportedly said on Tuesday by none other than Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture. In effect, the Roman Catholic Church, the dominant Christian faith, is saying that Darwin’s theory of evolution is compatible with Christian faith.

Furthermore, they’re going to be discussing the relationship between evolution and faith next month in Rome at a special conference to mark the 150th Anniversary of Darwin’s Origin of Species which, as we know, changed forever our views about how we came to be here on this little planet.

As a passing thought, Ravasi said that Darwin’s theories had never formally been condemned by the Roman Catholic church. Pope Puis XII said in 1950 that evolution was a valid scientific approach to the development of humans. John Paul II said in 1996 that it was “more than a hypothesis”.

A very interesting turn of events. Maybe everyone can get along after all… I certainly hope so!

Image seen on, and promptly yoinked from, One Astronomers Noise

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4 Responses to Origin

  1. invaderxan says:

    It’s certainly true of humanity in general that some groups of people are more open minded than others…
    And personally, I quite like the fact that the Catholics (with their reputation for being staunch and traditional) are willing to embrace the new. It seems to me like a good sign.

  2. ryttu3k says:

    There’s also the question of ‘which church’. Catholics, lately, have tended to be more open to science, particularly evolution – it’s just the other denominations of Christianity which claim it’s incompatible. Particularly Baptists, I’ve found.

  3. invaderxan says:

    Ok, I’ll admit that was a poor choice of words. My apologies.
    I genuinely have a lot of respect for Church teachings. Frankly, I’m hoping that things like this might make a few of said crazies start questioning those opinions of theirs. :)

  4. Not exactly “coming to accept” since they never denied it to begin with. Don’t mistake official Church teachings with the crazies who hold their own opinions. ;)

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