Pope concludes that “evolution is not a complete, scientifically proven theory.”

April 15, 2007 | By | 4 Replies More

I don’t know why the Pope constantly gets such intense press coverage. I know he is the leader of a large church, but he most often speaks in platitudes, double-speak or with dark-ages insight.  Here’s a good example–his recent muddled pronoucement on evolution.   

According to the Associated Press, Pope Benedict XVI has concluded that the scientific theory of evolution “cannot be finally proven and that science has unnecessarily narrowed humanity’s view of creation.” Though he generally praised scientific progress, the Pope “cautioned that evolution raises philosophical questions science alone cannot answer.”

“The question is not to either make a decision for a creationism that fundamentally excludes science, or for an evolutionary theory that covers over its own gaps and does not want to see the questions that reach beyond the methodological possibilities of natural science,” the pope said.

He stopped short of endorsing intelligent design, but said scientific and philosophical reason must work together in a way that does not exclude faith.

“I find it important to underline that the theory of evolution implies questions that must be assigned to philosophy and which themselves lead beyond the realms of science,” the pope was quoted as saying in the book, which records a meeting with fellow theologians the pope has known for years.

[T]he theory of evolution is not a complete, scientifically proven theory.”

Benedict added that the immense time span that evolution covers made it impossible to conduct experiments in a controlled environment to finally verify or disprove the theory.

“We cannot haul 10,000 generations into the laboratory,” he said.

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  1. Erika Price says:

    I guess "elite" now has a connotation of stuffy and undeserving of one's position. I really like meritocratic as a replacement, because by definition it means authority by earned merit, not inherent, unfair designation. But somehow I doubt it will catch on…

  2. Ben says:

    Here is a good science link from the American Geophysical Union. It contains hundreds of recent peer review science articles, for free.
    http://www.agu.org/pubs/inpress.html

  3. grumpypilgrim says:

    I am often amazed by how some people consider themselves authorities on matters entirely outside their field of expertise. I guess it isn't called "pontificating" for nothing, but why should anyone care what the pope says about evolution? We might as well ask George Bush, Rush Limbaugh or Pat Robertson.

  4. Dan Klarmann says:

    If the pope feels qualified to comment on relationships between men and women, why not on evolution, astrophysics or any other field that he has never personally experienced?

    My response here may have been more appropriate to this post.

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