Teaching Evolution

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Friday, November 11, 2005

Pope Echoes Arguments of Intelligent Design Advocates

The Catholic Church and science have a long and entangled history, of course, but one thing you've got to admire about those Catholics is that they admit their mistakes. Sure, it took them a few centuries of convincing before they acknowledged the earth revolves around the sun, but they did it eventually.

Unfortunately, the Pope's latest statement indicates that Catholicism is moving away from its longstanding support of evolution. I wouldn't really care if this were just some esoteric theological debate, but I worry about what will happen if Catholic schools start teaching "intelligent design" in science classes. Right now, if you want your kids to learn about science, you're probably better off, on average, sending them to Catholic schools than to public schools. That might not be the case much longer.


At 12:51 PM, Blogger dhodge said...

I found the last sentence in the article the most interesting. It appears that Chapman is saying that he and perhaps other ID proponents believe in micro evolution wholeheartedly but reject the notion of macro evolution. This position seems slightly more reasonable than creationism or ID fundamentalism, but even less tenable. If ID is going to have to keep making compromises like this to make itself look more scientific, its going to eventually "evolve" into Darwin's theory of evolution. That would be ironic, of course.

At 12:56 PM, Blogger MDS said...

Yeah, I've heard a lot of intelligent-design types say they believe in micro evolution but not macro evolution. I've never heard an explanation, though, for why it would be possible for species to evolve, but not to the extent that they would be unable to breed with others within their species. Is there some intelligently designed barrier?


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