"Begin at the beginning,and go on till you come to the end: then stop." (Lewis Carroll, 1832-1896)

Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked."Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat."I don't know," Alice answered."Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."

"So long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

"All right," said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone. "Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin," thought Alice; "but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!"

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Friday, May 05, 2006

Creationism dismissed as 'a kind of paganism' by Vatican's astronomer

Sometimes the Catholic Church gets it horribly wrong. (Think the Inquisition and in the modern era, no condoms to control the spread of aids.) Sometimes they almost get it right. This is one of the times they have got some of it right.

BELIEVING that God created the universe in six days is a form of superstitious paganism, the Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno claimed yesterday.

Brother Consolmagno argued that the Christian God was a supernatural one, a belief that had led the clergy in the past to become involved in science to seek natural reasons for phenomena such as thunder and lightning, which had been previously attributed to vengeful gods.

"Religion needs science to keep it away from superstition and keep it close to reality, to protect it from creationism, which at the end of the day is a kind of paganism - it's turning God into a nature god. And science needs religion in order to have a conscience, to know that, just because something is possible, it may not be a good thing to do."

Any criticism of creationism is fine in my "secular humanist book". Personally, I think religions are all "superstitious mumbo jumbo" including the tenets of catholicism. But, at least the catholic church recognises that creationism as a fundamental christian belief, is a dangerously ignorant position in a modern scientific world.




Blogger Aaron Kinney said...

Consider yourself blogrolled :)

6/5/06 8:43 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

Re aaron:
ty :)
PS. I don't mind being a "bleep bleep"

6/5/06 11:34 am  
Blogger Baconeater said...

As far as science goes, the Vatican is on fire. The Christian Fundies are still in caves, and I know some Ortho Jews who are just as deluded as the Fundies.

6/5/06 12:06 pm  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

Re atheist jew: Yes, the catholic church decided a long time ago that science, evolution, biology etc were not an impediment to faith. They just see scientific knowledge as god's universe being revealed by god. In this way scientific knowledge is not in competition with god belief. Evolution neither denies the existence of god, nor does it propose the existence of god.

6/5/06 4:57 pm  
Blogger EUGENE PLAWIUK said...

I posted on this as well and am adding your article as link to mine.

6/5/06 9:06 pm  
Blogger Watcher said...

OK, that was great. The Sapiens guy with a cross made me laugh. He made me blogroll you. ;-)

7/5/06 5:19 am  
Blogger Kevin said...

This is incredibly refreshing! Hurray for the Vatican!

beepbeepitsme wrote:
"Evolution neither denies the existence of god, nor does it propose the existence of god"

I agree with this statement. The more I read about evolution, the more I wonder what all the fuss is about. Why do fundies find evolution so threatening?

This is a great blog.

All the best

Memoirs of an ex-Christian

7/5/06 5:31 pm  
Blogger Dikkii said...

Someone once said to me that the reason that the Catholic church was reasonably accomodating of science - these days, anyway - was because they treated scientists like Copernicus and Galileo so badly.

I think that's why the Vatican hasn't jumped upon the ID bandwagon.

Of course I could be wrong.

As always, great post.


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9/5/06 2:03 pm  

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