04 November 2005

Vatican to America: evolution has proof, fundamentalism is dangerous

Comparing the evolution vs. ID debate to the heliocentrism vs. geocentrism debate that condemned one of the Western world's greatest scientific minds (Galileo Galileii) to life imprisonment, Cardinal Paul Poupard, speaking for the Vatican, said

The permanent lesson that the Galileo case represents pushes us to keep alive the dialogue between the various disciplines, and in particular between theology and the natural sciences, if we want to prevent similar episodes from repeating themselves in the future. ...

We know where scientific reason can end up by itself: the atomic bomb and the possibility of cloning human beings are fruit of a reason that wants to free itself from every ethical or religious link.

But we also know the dangers of a religion that severs its links with reason and becomes prey to fundamentalism.

The faithful have the obligation to listen to that which secular modern science has to offer, just as we ask that knowledge of the faith be taken in consideration as an expert voice in humanity. ...

A hypothesis asks whether something is true or false. (Evolution) is more than a hypothesis because there is proof.


Just, wow.

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