Catholic Church and Intelligent Design
The Catholic Church has not been in the forefront of religous groups who have opposed evolution, but recent comments have been to say the least ambigous. Today there was a report in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano that endorsed the ruling in the Dover, PA intelligent design case. The Church is uncomfortable with the attempts of some scientists to use evolution to justify atheism, but seems to accept that science is a respectable and valuable activity.
Schoenborn later made it clear the Church accepted evolution as solid science but objected to the way some Darwinists concluded that it proved God did not exist and could “explain everything from the Big Bang to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.”
Science keeps pushing into areas of knowledge where the church once claimed authority, and it is a losing battle to dispute areas where science has converged on an answer, but I do not believe that science can prove or disprove the existence of God.
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