CREATIONISTS (including devotees of Intelligent Design) are forever justifying their opposition to Darwin’s theory of evolution by claiming (incorrectly) that it’s a plot to promote atheism. Actually, it’s no more atheistic than duct tape. Evolution isn’t about religion, nor is any other scientific theory. Like most denominations, Catholics understand this and have no problem with evolution.
In the Times (UK) we read Vatican celebrates Darwin. Excerpts:
The Vatican is planning a special conference in 2009 to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of the Species, Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking theory of evolution.
Three years ago, Cardinal Paul Poupard, the then president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said Darwin’s theory of Evolution and the Old Testament book of Genesis were “perfectly compatible” if the Bible were correctly read, saying: “The fundamentalists want to give a scientific meaning to words that had no scientific aim” …
That’s the issue, isn’t it? Fundamentalists read scripture one specific way, and that way conflicts with observed reality. It’s quite a problem — for them, but not for anyone else.
Continuing with the article:
The event, claim its organisers, is a milestone in the rapprochement between science and the Church.
They’ve come a long way since the Galileo heresy trial. It’s most commendable.