Vatican to Mark Darwin Anniversary
Pius XII, Humani Generis (icw evolution)
Another example of Modernism dulling the minds of those who imbibe it. Not surprising though, for Modernism is based on the idea that there are only religious "sentiments" currently held by individuals and religious consensus formed by groups of "acting persons"—and not any religious truths revealed by God. Evolution is not science, but a philosophical theory developed by those who deny God and the possibility of God's actions in creating, maintaining, or developing the Universe. Modernism articulates well with evolution because both are based on the dialectical materialism of Hegel and Marx—a random universe in which temporary "truths" are formed by the "dialogue," the synthesis of thesis and antithesis.
The Times Online reports the Vatican is planning a special conference in 2009 that will focus on Darwin's groundbreaking theory of evolution.
First printed in November 1859, Darwin's evolutionary theories rocked the faith of Victorian Christians and are stoutly contested today by creationists.
The Vatican has traditionally backed a more nuanced approach, the Times Online says.
Three years ago, Cardinal Paul Poupard, the then president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said Darwin's theory of Evolution and the Old Testament book of Genesis were "perfectly compatible" if the Bible were correctly read.
"The fundamentalists want to give a scientific meaning to words that had no scientific aim," Cardinal Poupard added, explaining that the real message in Genesis was that "the universe didn't make itself and had a creator".
Next year's conference will be held in Rome and organised by Poupard's former office, the Pontifical Council for Culture as well as by the University of Notre Dame and six pontifical universities.
The event, claim its organisers, is a milestone in the rapprochement between science and the Church. They say it is time for the Church to look at Evolution again, "from a broader perspective", explaining "appropriate consideration is needed more than ever before."
Professor Gennaro Auletta, who is head of the Science and Philosophy faculty at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and the main conference organiser told Edward Pentin of Newsweek: "We hope this will really be an example of how to hold an open discussion without overtones. We simply wish to dialogue between people whose mission is to understand a little more."
SOURCE: Vatican celebrates Darwin (Times Online, 23/5/08)
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