Saturday, November 19, 2005

God's Bioethics (part deux) and the Church: The Vatican Rejects Intelligent Design

Yahoo reports that the Catholic Church has weighed in on the intelligent design debate. The Rev. George Coyne, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, said placing intelligent design theory alongside that of evolution in school programs was "wrong" and was akin to mixing apples with oranges. Coyne was quoted as saying that "Intelligent design isn't science even though it pretends to be...If you want to teach it in schools, intelligent design should be taught when religion or cultural history is taught, not science." In a previous article in a British Catholic magazine, Coyne reaffirmed God's role in creation, but said science explains the history of the universe:

"If they respect the results of modern science, and indeed the best of modern biblical research, religious believers must move away from the notion of a dictator God or a designer God, a Newtonian God who made the universe as a watch that ticks along regularly." Rather, he argued, God should be seen more as an encouraging parent.

So, my question is, where does that leave individuals like religious right-wingers like Pat Robertson and those ultra-conservative Catholics who insist on mixing politics and religion? (Let's hope that no one prays that the Vatican is sruck with disaster -- how unChristian would that be?)

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