The Pope Officially Agrees with Darwin's Theory
Benedict XVI has said before a scientific meeting, that was assisted by the great science man Stephen Hawking, that empirical science does not contradict with faith in God, using the words of the old heretics of the Catholic Church.
In our days, religion is approaching science more and more , as the science moves increasingly to the revealing of the genesis of humankind. .
The most recent example could be seen on Friday, when Vatican was the host of an international conference on Darwin 's theory about evolution and intelligent design, organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
In the opening the conference , Pope Benedict XVI, acting in a similar way with the modern sovereign pontiffs before him, did not see any contradiction between the Christian concept of creation and science, says "The Times".
Joseph Ratzinger quoted Galileo Galilei - accused of heresy by the Catholic Church until 1992 - which has described the '' nature as a book whose author is God, to the same extent that Sacred Scripture bears the same signature ".
The image of the nature in the form of a book has its roots in Christianity and was supported by many scientists, he continued. According to Reuters, Pope Benedict has described the Friday event as the pursuit of science knowledge to the creation of the God.
Ratzinger said that his predecessors- Pope John Paul II and Pope Pius XII had indicated that "there is no opposition between the religious theory of faith and the evidence of the empirical science.(No - based on experience). In other words, it must have been created by the first form of life that is as it in essence. "
The pontiff has quoted Pope John Paul II when he said that "scientific truth, which is itself a form of participation in the divine truth, can help philosophy and theology to understand better the human person and the sacred revelation to the man, revelated and perfectly complemented by Jesus Christ. "
In the audience of Joseph Ratzinger was also present an English teacher -Stephen Hawking, 66 years old , the theoretician of the origin of the universe and author of the best-seller "Brief History of Time." In the interview granted to the Reuters agency last year, he said that "it is not religious in the normal meaning of the word." "I think the universe is governed by the laws of science. It may be that these laws have been commanded by God, but God does not act to violate them, "he said.
Last Friday,he remembered that he has also participated in a scientific conference at the Vatican 30 years ago, when he noticed that since the universe does not have an identifiable genesis, it means that there was no creation, shows, The Times''. Then he has joked that he hopes not to be heard by Pope, otherwise "I would share the fate of Galileo." On the other hand, Pope Benedict was impressed of the technology that allows Hawking - paralyzed after a muscle disease that kidnapped the ability to speak - to communicate with a voice synthesizer.
The Catholic Church teaches "the teist theory, which supports evolution as scientific theory, but it considers it beeing a part of a divine plan. Her supporters do not see why God should not be used in the evolutionary process of forming the human species. Last month, the Vatican has recognised that the theory of evolution is compatible with the Bible, but without requiring postume apology to Charles Darwin's, which in the nineteenth century, was attacked by the Church of England for its arguments that were in contradiction with the theory of biblical creation.
Now, however, Archbishop Gianfranco letter,the Chairman of the Culture of Vatican, announced that scientists and theologysts will meet in March for the anniversary of 150 years since the famous publication "The origin of species."
Global warming connects researchers with priests
Another recent example of solidarity between religion and science could be seen last year, when, Newscientist''wrote about a press conference in Washington DC, where religious leaders and scientists and have expressed the common concern over the threat global warming caused by humans. The participants immediatly actioned by presenting a document signed by the 28 members of the coalition, including university professors, biologists, pastors and leaders of religious organizations.
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