Pope: Creationism Is Absurd

Pope Benedict XVI said the debate over Creationism vs. Evolution raging in some countries — especially the United States and Germany was an “absurdity,” saying that evolution can coexist with faith.

“This clash is an absurdity because on one hand there is much scientific proof in favor of evolution, which appears as a reality that we must see and which enriches our understanding of life and being as such.”

Pope Benedict XVI

This statement does not mean that the Pope, and through him Catholicism, endorses Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. In previous writings, both as Cardinal and as Pope, Benedict XVI has stated that Darwin’s theory cannot be proven and that science has narrowed humanity’s view of creation.

What does seem clear is that the Pope continues to maintain the stance that God and Evolution are not mutually exclusive. In previous writings he has made it clear that the science of evolution is valid, but has the in-built limitation that it cannot determine the cause, meaning or purpose for Creation and Life itself.

Related Reading:

Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design
The New Creationism: Building Scientific Theory on a Biblical Foundation
A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World
Old Earth Creationism on Trial: The Verdict Is In
Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is Designed

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3 Responses to “Pope: Creationism Is Absurd”

  1. Christy Says:

    Thanks for the post.

    Based upon the quote you provided, the Pope stated that the “clash” was absurd, not creationism itself. It does not follow from saying the clash is absurd that he stated that creationism is absurd.

    On a side note, thanks for your recent comments. =)

  2. jonolan Says:

    True, it does not directly follow that, though the “clash” is deemed absurd, the thesis of either opponent is absurb. That was a shameless bit of Linkbaiting on my part combined with an enticement for apologia.

  3. Christy Says:

    Shameless, indeed, and misleading upon first glance.
    Caught this reader’s attention, undoubtedly.

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