Once again, religion is giving ground to science when it becomes painfully obvious that religion is wrong. The Vatican has released a statement essentially accepting that Darwin was right and that humans really did descend from ape-like ancestors. That’s not all. In a rather crushing blow to Intelligent Design, Vatican officials have deemed it a cultural phenomenon, not a branch of real study.
Of course, there aren’t any priests throwing in the towel and admitting that there is no god. In a rather baffling statement, an archbishop has said that the biblical creation account and evolution are compatible. To my knowledge, no details of just how this is possible have been released. Also, in an effort to save face, the church is claiming that it never actually condemned Darwin’s teaching, and that since the 1950s, it has given it helping to promote evolution as a valid theory. Not only that, but apparently, unbenownst to all the science types, Augustine of Hippo beat Darwin to the punch in the 4th century.
Like so many times before in history, religion is scrambling to save face when it has become painted into a corner by science. Already the propoganda is starting. History is being rewritten before our eyes. This process is one of the elements of religion that makes it so powerful and so dangerous. There are many atheist activists who believe that science can never fully defeat religion because of its amazing adaptability. It survived learning that earth was not the center of the universe, and it will survive learning that man was not made out of mud in a magic garden. Theological texts will be reinterpreted so it will seem like Jesus was somehow anticipating, or perhaps even prophecying about the discovery of evolution. Somehow, theologians will find a way to make evolution “prove” the existence of a loving personal god.
For your displeasure, I’ll quote some of the responses to the article:
God should not be reduced to a mechanic! Simon Adams, Weybridge, Surrey
So, get ready for a new wave of apologists explaining to us just how the Bible proves evolution, and how God loved us so much that he set it up so we’d descend from apes. And don’t worry, we’ll still have plenty of people who deny evolution. This will give the Protestants even more reason to think the Catholics are going to hell.