A few days ago we posted a link to an article about a push within the Church of England to apologize for its actions of the past that were critical of Charles Darwin's emerging theories of evolution 150 years ago. Now here's word that top Roman Catholic officials are saying that there is room for evolution is "more than a theory" and that there is room for it in the creation story. I believe Sarah Palin is still a creationist, however.

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Gene's picture
Gene says:

The Catholic Church has been cool with evolution for at least half a century.

Palin's position on creationism, irrelevant though it may be to this post, is that if a student brings it up in class, discuss it. She has not advocated adding it to school curricula.

posted on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 4:35pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Ah, Gene beat me to it. :)
The Catholic Church has considered evolution "a valid scientific approach" since 1950.

Even Pope Benedict, widely considered very conservative, has spoken out against biblical literalism.

According to Yahoo! news,

"The Catholic Church teaches "theistic evolution," a stand that accepts evolution as a scientific theory and sees no reason why God could not have used a natural evolutionary process in the forming of the human species.

It objects to using evolution as the basis for an atheist philosophy that denies God's existence or any divine role in creation. It also objects to using Genesis as a scientific text."

posted on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 4:55pm
Larry's picture
Larry says:

It was interesting to read the news stories referenced. The conference on evolution to be hosted by the Catholic church in March will hopefully engage multiple ways of understanding our world including Science and Religion. This issue needs forums for respectful debate.

posted on Thu, 09/18/2008 - 7:50am

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