Pope acquiesces to evolution, climate change

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Pope: Creation vs. Evolution Clash an ‘Absurdity’

Pope Benedict XVI said the debate raging in some countries — particularly the United States and his native Germany — between creationism and evolution was an “absurdity” saying that evolution can coexist with faith. The pontiff, speaking as he was concluding his holiday in northern Italy, also said that while there is much scientific proof to support evolution, the theory could not exclude a role by God. “They are presented as alternatives that exclude each other” the pope said. “This clash is an absurdity because on one hand there is much scientific proof in favor of evolution, which appears as a reality that we must see and which enriches our understanding of life and being as such.” He said evolution did not answer all the questions: “Above all it does not answer the great philosophical question, ‘Where does everything come from?’”

Evolution’s OK with Bennie, but he wants to keep NOMA (Non-overlapping magisteria). As the pope, what choice does he really have? Just for good measure, he throws in the “where does everything come from” question, which the faithful often use to try to make themselves feel less inferior to the scientists. (As Richard Dawkins famously said to Bill O’Reilly, “we’re working on it.”) Then the pope moved onto the subject of climate change. It seems the mountain air must have put him in a science-friendly mood:

The pope is wrapping up a three-week private holiday in the majestic mountains of northern Italy, where residents are alarmed by the prospect of climate change that can alter their way of life. “We all see that today man can destroy the foundation of his existence, his Earth” he said in a closed door meeting with 400 priests on Tuesday. A full transcript of the two-hour event was issued on Wednesday. “We cannot simply do what we want with this Earth of ours, with what has been entrusted to us” said the pope, who has been spending his time reading and walking in the scenic landscape bordering Austria.

You know, it’s an exceedingly rare moment when the pope says one thing we atheists can agree with. Today he said two. And it’s not the first of April. I’ll take it.

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