Delivering an address to 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 the gathering at the Vatican that there was no contradiction between believing in God as well as the prevailing scientific theories regarding the expansion of our universe.
“When 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 created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.”
The pope avoids gesturing at the thorny issue (at least for some Christians) of whether humans descended from apes. Atheists argue, moreover, that understanding the Big Bang 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 “magician,” an entity that conjured all into being.
“God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,” Francis said. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”
It seems the Catholic Church is finally joining the 21st century. (Can Labour catch up?) Read more »
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread ;)….
Watching the nightly news with events happening daily in places like Syria & the Gaza strip, you’d almost be forgiven for thinking there is no God. How could any just and fair God allow such misery heaped upon misery to continue for years, in a situation that seems near on impossible to “fix”
For all the tyrant that was Saddam Hussain, he at least kept some semblance of order in the country, keeping the lights on and as inefficient and terrible as “public services” went, at least it was considerably better than what Iraq faces today. Does swift, brutal action on a few justify the safety/longevity for the many? The many would say yes, the few would say no… and both would be correct from their own stand point. Read more »
Hi, I’m Pete, and I am an alcoholic (“Hi Pete!”)
Just to catch your attention: when I was seriously off the rails (many years ago), I was downing between a bottle and a bottle and a half of vodka a day.
I was sober for many years after coming out of that period of my life. And then I made a huge mistake. I thought that I had learned from that period, and this time, I would simply control my drinking.
This isn’t a story about how I turned my life around. It isn’t about getting your approbation or sympathy.
It is however about something I discovered about alcoholism as it affects me, and making the assumption I am not unique, I’m writing this so others may find some insight from it.
You see, I don’t ask for help. I’m very independent. And I take responsibility for (most) of my actions. I started drinking, it’s all my fault, I should stop.
There is a part of you that knows what you’re doing. It knows you’re going down the wrong track. It knows that eventually there will come a moment when things have to change.
But not yet.
Just then, the need to keep drinking is bigger than the need not to.
I am a strong proponent of personal responsibility. I knew I was using it as a crutch, and I knew I would have to pay for it eventually.
But the odd thing was that the part of me that was drinking had more control over me than the part that wanted to stop.
I know what that reads like.
It did my head in.
Why could I not control myself? Read more »
Did any of you figure out the maze today? Here is the solution: Read more »
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Seems that God is about to have His say….
My god, Len Brown is a shameless fool.
He has declared this morning that he isn’t answerable to ratepayers or anyone else just his god…that’s all.
In an astonishing display of arrogance and sociopathy.
Len starting to sound like an Islamic Cleric. Read more »
Scott Adams of Dilbert fame asks whether or not God has a personality. Personally I have no idea, God has never spoken to me…not so I noticed anyway, yet I am a christian and believe…some may mock and laugh but I really don’t care, my faith gives me benefits that I find, so who cares what someone else thinks.
But Scott Adams does wonder…Does God have a Personality?
The religious view is that God has a personality of sorts, albeit one that is often unfathomable. And that means God has some sort of intentions, ambitions, goals, or whatever the God version of those impulses might be. If God had none of those impulses, he would just float in space doing nothing.
The problem with the idea that God has a human-like personality is that human personalities are nothing but weaknesses and defects that we romanticize. For example, I might be kind to others because I want them to be nice to me, or perhaps I simply feel guilty when I’m not nice. God wouldn’t have feelings of guilt and he wouldn’t need a strategy just to be loved. He would have everything he needed all the time. Logically, God couldn’t have a personality in the sense that humans do because our personalities are expressions of our defects and our DNA and our neediness. Read more »
I observe with wry amusement those that are against gays in every way. They’re an evil, they’re a sin, they’re all wrong.
All that changes when one of your children tells you they’re gay.
I do know there are people with the power of conviction strong enough to choose God over their children.
I really don’t see how it is possible for God to give the example of unconditional love, and then parents choosing to excommunicate their own children for being gay.
No matter what, my children get loved and accepted.