The Holocaust AND Darwin in the Same Week?!?

The Vatican chipped a wee bit from the religious ignorance boulder yesterday when they acknowledged that Darwin was right about that whole evolution thing. In doing so, they officially gave the kiss-off to Intelligent Design, more or less dismissing it out of hand, as any thinking person has already done.

I’m not Catholic, and I don’t want to fall into the trap of gushing on and on about how something I’m not now, nor have ever been a part of, is sooooo much better than what’s closer at hand. That said, it strikes me as particularly powerful, the degree to which the Vatican seems to have actual scholars actually thinking about these issues, as opposed to the American fundamentalist Protestant approach of creating a think tank to generate misinformation that flies directly in the face of painfully obvious science.

Granted, the Vatican’s scholarship only goes so far in the face of their continued anti-straight-male rights positions, and I also seem to remember something about a coverup and some kids? Something. Still, let’s give them credit for cracking a book.

Another important point that’s brought up in the article:

Professor [Marc Leclerc, who teaches natural philosophy at the Gregorian University] said that too many opponents of Darwin – above all Creationists – had mistakenly claimed that his theories were “totally incompatible with a religious vision of reality,” as did proponents of Intelligent Design.

I would say I’m baffled by the fact that nobody in the American Taliban has stood up and acknowledged this idea (really, could all-powerful God have NOT created things He knew would evolve?), but doing so would remove a hugely popular bludgeon from their arsenal in the ongoing, completely fabricated culture war. The idea that Christian ideals and ideas are being persecuted by a callous Liberal Elite Establishment is key to keeping the wedge between fundamentalists and everyone else firmly in place. They keep their people feeling alienated, their alienation unifies them, and they flock to the polls when another W shows up on election day.

7 thoughts on “The Holocaust AND Darwin in the Same Week?!?

  1. this has been the RC position for years. i remember being taught by the nuns in the 70s of the wonder of god and his creation. he “creates” life by means of evolution by natural selection. nothing new here.

  2. Uh, I hate to break it to you but Roman Catholicism has long accepted evolution. In fact, it was taught to me back in 1967 while in Catholic school.

  3. This will just feed the growing perception amongst the Dominionists that the Catholic church is in fact an instrument of satan and a tool of the evil secularists.

    Although they still have a long way to go, at least some members of the Catholic hierarchy have a clue about how religion and science can be reconciled. Too bad the bible thumpers are just going to use this as more ammunition against them.

  4. This isn’t entirely surprising. For most of its history the Catholic church has not advocated literal interpretation of the bible. They embraced the Big Bang theory some time ago.

  5. Ironic isn’t it that at the same time the Catholic Church makes this apparent breakthrough, they have re-affirmed their age-old BS about the punishments that sinners will suffer in the mythical region of hell. To wit, that male adulterers will be continuously pelted with ‘fire’ and female offenders will suffer eternity on the breaking wheel. How, a rational mind (a generous assumption I know) could hold that Darwin is true AND that the punishments of Hell are also true, I cannot comprehend – but then I’m not addicted to a silly religion in the first place so mendacity is not native to me.
    One step forward, a mile back: That’s progress!

  6. How is that ironic at all? What does evolution have to do with what happens after life? I’m confused on how your comment makes ANY sense at all, and you seem to just be a troll trying to get a rise out of people. I really dislike atheist trolls that try to explain religious/philosophical(in other words, NOT SCIENCE) with science. If science is the only thing you base your life on, that’s fine, but don’t push that on other people.

  7. Genesis 1:27, “So God made man in his own image”.
    Genesis 2:7, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground.”
    Genesis 2:21, “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, …the Lord had taken from man, made he a woman, & brought her unto the man”.
    From the above verses, it is obvious that God directly formed Adam & Eve instead of transforming from apes to them.

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