I had to share and comment on this article. Why? Because I began reading the article with such hope and encouragement only to be disappointed in the end. This article is so applicable to us this week as we just read the story of creation last Saturday. It is always the first story of the year – "In the beginning…".
I want to preface my comments first by noting that I realize that the author of the article can often get the real thoughts or positions of the person in the article wrong. There is no iterative process that the reporter writes the article, sends it to the person for review, amends the article to correct mistakes and then publishes. That only happens in grade school these days.
My quick points:
- I believe that the Pope is right to say that God was behind whatever caused our universe to come into being and that we should reject they idea that it was a chance accident. Pope Benedict was dead right when he said "The universe is not the result of chance, as some would want to make us believe," and "Contemplating it (the universe) we are invited to read something profound into it: the wisdom of the creator, the inexhaustible creativity of God,"
Romans 1:19-20 (New International Version, ©2010)
19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
- Pope Benedict reaffirms Paul’s writing in Romans by saying: "In the beauty of the world, in its mystery, in its greatness and in its rationality … we can only let ourselves be guided toward God, creator of heaven and earth,"
- I hate when articles that are talking about one Christian denomination (in this case Roman Catholic) act as though that denomination speaks for all of us. Christianity is made up of many people, from many nations, cultures, traditions and histories. No one denomination speaks for the others. For it me, when I see authors do this, it demonstrates their real ignorance of the topic.
- I am so disappointed when the issue of Galileo and his conflict with the church is boiled down to a simple line saying the church is against science. Some points that are overlooked: there was a political conflict going on that Galileo was caught in, the church was actually the financial support of much scientific research in the past and the entire event happened hundreds of years ago. Move on!
- Unfortunately, I believe the Catholic Church destroys its argument and begins to slide down a very slippery slope when the article reports that “The Catholic Church no longer teaches creationism — the belief that God created the world in six days as described in the Bible — and says that the account in the book of Genesis is an allegory for the way God created the world”. It really hurts your argument to say you believe God did it all, but that it is not as written in the Bible. Either He is God and His Word is accurate or He is not God. I can’t see how you can take one point and not the other.