Discovery Institute: Spurned by the Vatican

IT’S INCREASINGLY difficult for a creationist to get any respect these days. Not only does evidence supporting the theory of evolution continue to accumulate — with no evidence to the contrary — but many of the world’s religious denominations are declaring their willingness to accept (or at least not oppose) evolution.

As most of you know, and as the BBC reports here: Vatican hosts Darwin conference. The BBC informs us:

The Vatican is sponsoring a five day conference to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species. The subject is the compatibility of evolution and creation.

Conspicuously absent from the conference is any speaker who favors creationism or its inbred love-child, intelligent design. This is, understandably, a huge embarrassment for Bruce Chapman, President of the Discovery Institute (a/k/a the Discoveroids), Lord High Keeper of their Wedge strategy, and the ultimate leader of all cdesign proponentsists (described here: Missing link: “cdesign proponentsists”).

To vent his frustration, Chapman wrote an article which appears at the Discoveroid blog: Exotic Science and Theology in Rome. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

This week’s conference in Rome on Darwin and evolution, nominally sponsored by the Gregorian University and Notre Dame “under the High Patronage of the Pontifical Council on Culture,” has a public relations budget to promote some conclusions that would seem to vary from the positions of Pope Benedict. The Council on Culture has little or no funding of its own for such science conferences and has had to accept non-Vatican funding — and the guidance and other strings that go with it.

Chapman not-too-subtly suggests that the conference is — in effect — being controled by those funding it to “promote some conclusions that would seem to vary from the positions of Pope Benedict.”

Let’s read on:

Intelligent design scientists not only are not present, as a consequence, but their views were misrepresented and trashed ahead of time by the conference organizers. Instead, alongside some rather interesting speakers, you will hear a parade of atheists, agnostics and theistic evolutionists whose common theme is that intelligent design is not science, not theology, nothing at all, really — merely a reactionary sociological phenomenon …

We’ll skip the bulk of Chapman’s article, leaving you to read it if you wish, and we’ll give you one final excerpt — his concluding paragraph:

The conference this week takes place in Rome, but it actually is a rally of the organizers, by the organizers and for the organizers. It will reflect their views, not the Vatican’s. The issue of evolution and design is still very much alive in the Catholic Church, just as it is — if truth be known — in science.

You can reach your own conclusions about Chapman’s article. What we get out of it is that he has a mental image of the Pope, somehow bound and gagged, while a rogue band of conference organizers are wildly misrepresenting the Church’s doctrines. Not only that, but with Rome rendered powerless, only the Discoveroids in Seattle remain to proclaim The Truth™ to a confused world.

Addendum: Chapman has now disclosed that much of the funding for the Vatican conference is coming from the Templeton Foundation. We’ve previously written about Templeton’s rejection of intelligent design: Discovery Institute: They Get No Respect!

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4 responses to “Discovery Institute: Spurned by the Vatican

  1. The issue of evolution and design is still very much alive in the Catholic Church, just as it is — if truth be known — in science.

    It’s just being suppressed by the Global Darwinist Conspiracy™! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if these guys weren’t so well-funded and well-connected, they’d be hilarious.

  2. James says: “… if these guys weren’t so well-funded and well-connected, they’d be hilarious.”

    Some things are ultimately unsustainable. One day, when no one was expecting it, the Soviet tanks withdrew and the Berlin Wall came down.

  3. Some things are ultimately unsustainable. One day, when no one was expecting it, the Soviet tanks withdrew and the Berlin Wall came down.

    I hold out hope that the cdesign proponentsists will throw in the towel and become respectable theistic evolutionists. They will probably claim that this is what they meant all along.

  4. Darn, I donno why James‘ comment got moderated. The software is acting up again.