Far from falling off the progressive bandwagon, Pope Francis delivered a speech that possibly brought together two polar opposites – science and religion.
He addressed the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and talked about how you do not have to believe in either evolution or God’s creation of the universe when you can, in fact, endorse both at the same time. And why not – because he certainly does just that!
These views on how the world came about contrast starkly with what his predecessor, Benedict XVI, endorsed about creationism.
He told his audience in the Vatican that God was not “a magician with a magic wand.”
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Remember, if you don't think evolution or the Big Bang is true then you disagree with the Pope, who talks to God.— God (@TheGoodGodAbove) October 29, 2014
“The beginning of the world is not the work of chaos that owes its origin to something else, but it derives directly from a supreme principle that creates out of love,” he said, before adding, “The Big Bang, that today is considered to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the creative intervention of God; on the contrary, it requires it. Evolution in nature is not in contrast with the notion of [divine] creation because evolution requires the creation of the beings that evolve.”
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