On Monday Morning, while addressing the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican, Pope Francis made some controversial remarks that are sure to be met with criticism from fundamentalist Christians across the globe.
The Independent reports:
The theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real and God is not “a magician with a magic wand”, Pope Francis has declared.
Speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope made comments which experts said put an end to the “pseudo theories” of creationism and intelligent design that some argue were encouraged by his predecessor, Benedict XVI.
Francis explained that both scientific theories were not incompatible with the existence of a creator – arguing instead that they “require it”.
“When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said.
He added: “He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.
How does the “big bang” not contradict Genesis?
Wayne Jackson of The Christian Courier notes:
Are the Bible and the big bang theory in agreement? No. And informed persons, on both sides of the issue are aware of this fact. Paul Steidl, an astronomer, has noted:
[N]o astronomers would ever think of the big bang as the creation event of Genesis. The big bang was invented specifically for the purpose of doing away with the creation event. An astronomer would laugh at the naivety of anyone who chose to equate the two events (1979, 197).
Evolutionist Paul Davies, in a discussion of the big bang, says that this theory of origins “differs greatly in detail from the biblical version.” He then quotes Ernan McMullin of Notre Dame University:
What one cannot say is, first, that the Christian doctrine of creation “supports” the Big Bang model, or second, that the Big Bang model “supports” the doctrine of creation (1983, 17-20).
The fact is, there are significant contradictions between the big bang theory and the Bible record.
If the Pope is trying to reach out with an Olive Branch, chances are very good that they are going to bite his hand. To attempt to convince evolutionists that there had to be a Higher Power, to create the initial matter to create their big bang, is the argument of fools.
You can not reason with the unreasonable.
The Big Bang “doesn’t contradict the intervention of a divine Creator, but demands it,” Pope Francis said Monday morning, because the beginning of the world “is not the work of chaos.”
The Pope was addressing the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, gathered in the Vatican to discuss “Evolving Concepts of Nature.”
God is not some sort of wizard, said Francis, but rather “the Creator who brought all things into being.” The origin of the world derives directly “from a supreme Principle of creative love,” he added.
“Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”
God and Christ who walk with us, the Pope said, “are also found in nature.” God “created beings and let them develop in accordance with the internal laws that He has given to each one, so that they could arrive at their fulfillment.”
In the case of human beings, however, things are different. “God gives human beings a different sort of autonomy from that of nature, which is freedom,” the Pope said.
“No matter how limited, man’s activity partakes of the power of God and is able to build a world fit for his dual life of body and spirit, to build a humane world for all human beings,” the Pope said.
With all due respect, to say that God is not a “wizard” or “magician” is a little difficult to swallow. I believe in a God that is all-powerful, all-loving and all-knowing. I am a Christian and that is my opinion. I think I understand what the Pope is saying, but some of his words seem to be poorly chosen.
Pope Francis has been criticized heavily for embracing Islam and the belief, of some, that he is trying to unite all of the world’s religions as one.
These are frightening times for many, as Islam seems to be growing with uncontrollable momentum and many Christian leaders are kowtowing to the secular world.
What are your thoughts?
Is the Pope right? Can evolution, the big bang, and Genesis all be correct?