Delivering an address toÂ the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis continued his habit of making provocative, seemingly progressive statements. The pontiff appeared to endorse the theory of the Big Bang and told theÂ gathering at the VaticanÂ that there was no contradiction between believing in GodÂ as well as the prevailing scientific theories regarding the expansion of our universe.
âWhen 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,â Francis said. âHe created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.â
The pope avoids gesturing at the thorny issue (at least for some Christians) of whether humans descended from apes.Â Atheists argue, moreover,Â that understandingÂ the Big BangÂ and what emerged from that cosmic moment obviates a need to believe in a deity. On that count, Francis obviously disagrees. He repeated the idea of God not being a âmagician,â an entity that conjured all into being.
âGod is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,â Francis said. âEvolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.â
It seems the Catholic Church is finally joining the 21st century. Â (Can Labour catch up?) Â Read more »