Saturday, November 12, 2005

Post on Pope

The Washington Post has now reported on the Pope's comments on creation and atheism, among other things:

He quoted St. Basil the Great, a fourth century saint, as saying some people, "fooled by the atheism that they carry inside of them, imagine a universe free of direction and order, as if at the mercy of chance."

"How many of these people are there today? These people, fooled by atheism, believe and try to demonstrate that it's scientific to think that everything is free of direction and order," he said.

3 Comments:

At November 12, 2005 2:19 PM, Blogger stewie said...

Saying that evolution through genetic mutation is a controlling force behind species development and differentiation is hardly claiming "that everything is free of direction and order." Just the opposite. But, it implies a conclusion that a personified, manichaean controlling entity such as a Christian God is a much more far-fetched explanation than those which can be explained by vast amounts of observable empirical evidence, and THAT is what Christians clining tenaciously to these quaint worldviews disagree with. Consequently, one of the ways that they attack evolution is to say that evolutionists think "that everything is free of direction and order" which the very obscurantism which you argue against every day.

It's a Christian agenda, not science.

 
At November 23, 2005 9:10 PM, Anonymous jay said...

To be fair, all evolutionists aren't as stupid as stewie. If random mutations aren't free of direction or order, then the Pope isn't Catholic.

 
At November 29, 2005 5:10 AM, Blogger stewie said...

Mutations die out or survive based on natural selection, which is very much not random.

 

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