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Vatican paper: Intelligent design is not science

January 19, 2006

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— The Vatican newspaper has published an article saying intelligent design is not science and that teaching it alongside evolutionary theory in school classrooms only creates confusion.

The article in Tuesday's editions of L'Osservatore Romano was the latest in a series of interventions by Vatican officials - including the pope - on the issue that has dominated headlines in the United States.

The author, Fiorenzo Facchini, a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Bologna, laid out the scientific rationale for Darwin's theory of evolution, saying that in the scientific world, biological evolution "represents the interpretative key of the history of life on Earth."

He lamented that certain American "creationists" had brought the debate back to the "dogmatic" 1800s, and said their arguments weren't science.

"This isn't how science is done," he wrote. "If the model proposed by Darwin is deemed insufficient, one should look for another, but it's not correct from a methodological point of view to take oneself away from the scientific field."

Intelligent design "doesn't belong to science and the pretext that it be taught as a scientific theory alongside Darwin's explanation is unjustified," he wrote.

"It only creates confusion between the scientific and philosophical and religious planes."

Supporters of intelligent design hold that some features of the universe and living things are so complex they must have been designed by a higher intelligence.

The article echoed similar arguments by the Vatican's chief astronomer, the Rev. George Coyne, who said "intelligent design" wasn't science and had no place alongside evolution in school classrooms.

Comments

LarryFarma 9 years, 4 months ago

The Roman Catholic church has been so wishy-washy about evolution that nothing that it says about the subject can be taken seriously anymore. For example, recently Cardinal Schonborn, the chief editor of the Catholic catechism, appeared to come out in favor of intelligent design. See --http://www.beliefnet.com/story/182/story_18220_1.html

Furthermore, Lawrence Journal-World gave no indication that the author of the article in the Vatican newspaper was an official of the church or that he was speaking for the church.

avhjmlk 9 years, 4 months ago

Hold your horses, there, Larry...

When I was in high school (late 90s), the first time that the whole evolution/creationism brew-ha-ha erupted in the state, the Church came out and said explicitly that it had no qualms with evolution, and that there was no conflict between believing that God created the earth, and that evolution was the method he chose.

That is NOT what IDers believe. They believe that evolution is too flawed to be trusted. The Church, however, believes that evolution is just fine because it still leaves room for God.

LarryFarma 9 years, 4 months ago

Posted by avhjmlk on January 19, 2006 at 8:29 a.m.

When I was in high school (late 90s), the first time that the whole evolution/creationism brew-ha-ha erupted in the state, the Church came out and said explicitly that it had no qualms with evolution, and that there was no conflict between believing that God created the earth, and that evolution was the method he chose.

That is NOT what IDers believe. They believe that evolution is too flawed to be trusted. The Church, however, believes that evolution is just fine because it still leaves room for God.

The Catholic church tolerates evolution theory -- it does not embrace it.

See also "Cardinal Schonborn clarifies Church's stance on evolution: intelligent design is clear in nature " --- http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=4340

--- and "Is the Catholic Church rethinking its view of evolution?" -- http://www.boston.com/news/globe/health_science/articles/2005/08/08/is_the_catholic_church_rethinking_its_view_of_evolution/?page=2

LarryFarma 9 years, 4 months ago

I think that the pro-evolution article in the Vatican newspaper was probably just a public relations act to deflect criticism of the church's wavering on the issue of evolution

Kodiac 9 years, 4 months ago

Larry,

Do you think anyone really cares about this or for that matter what you think?

LarryFarma 9 years, 4 months ago

Posted by Kodiac on January 19, 2006 at 6:29 p.m.

*Larry, Do you think anyone really cares about this or for that matter what you think?*

If you don't care about this, then what in the hell are you doing posting here ?

And why should anyone care about what you think? Your only contribution to the discussion here was a personal attack on me.

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