Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Vatican Embarassment Continues...

Just days after the Pope warned against "superstitious religions" (!!!), Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno describes creationism as:

a "kind of paganism" because it harks back to the days of "nature gods" who were responsible for natural events.

He's wrong, most creationists don't claim that God is responsible for natural events. Rather, they claim that events like the creation of man are entirely God's work, with no natural explanation at all.

And is the Vatican now admitting that God isn't responsible for natural events? Sounds like deism to me...

Finally, about the Pope, he says:

It's not like he has a magic power, that God whispers the truth in his ear.

1 comment:

Mange said...

Isn't he just getting at the concept of "placed fossils there", "created the light on the way towards us"? Sound like some kind of nature god that does all that.

Modern non-american Christianity sees God more as an observer and a spirit that talks to people and may control their lives in only small portions, AFAIK. "American" and Fundamentalist Catholisism seems more focused on "God does everything, even handling gravity and evolut... hrmm... creation".

Didn't the last pope say that Big Bang was a pretty good explanation of the origin of the universe? Isn't it their official stance that evolution is true?

Well, I wouldn't *really* know, though. I'm a happy Atheist and have no connection to any Catholics. :-)