God is Not a Magician With a Magic Wand

Source: The Daily Beast.

The pontiff takes on the daunting task of reconciling science and religion, and hopes to help humanity in the process.

On Monday, when Pope Francis addressed prelates and scientists attending a plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, he yet again challenged all we’ve come to expect a pope to say.

Instead of asking those at the meeting to consider God as the supreme creator, he asked them to consider God as a sort of supreme helper.  While he stopped short of endorsing the Big Bang theory as the definitive origin of the universe, he did say that science and scripture have a lot in common and believing one does not mean forsaking the other.

“When we read in Genesis the account of Creation, we risk imagining God as a magician, with a magic wand able to make everything,” Francis said.  “But it is not so.”

How’s that again? “The Big Bang, which nowadays is posited as the origin of the world, does not contradict the divine act of creating, but rather requires it,” Francis said. “The evolution of nature does not contrast with the notion of Creation, as evolution presupposes the creation of beings that evolve.”

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences is holding a three-day workshop in Rome with Nobel Prize-winning scholars and high ranking bishops to discuss Evolving Concepts of Nature in order to produce a document to better guide Catholic scientists and teachers as they reconcile science and scripture.

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  1. Even if the pastors reconcile science and religion, they will need support from their scripture. And Bible has nothing in support of Science.
    It is good that Church has stopped meddling in science matters. Presently the ignorant Muslim scholars are doing that, much to the misrepresentation of Islam. We hope one day the Muslim scholars will come to know the better meaning of the verses of the Quran. Please read “The Bible, The Quran and Science” by Maurice Bucaille, the French doctor.

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