Vatican bashing Intelligent Design

November 8, 2005

A Cardinal of the Catholic Church has come out against Intelligent Design, stating that "the Genesis description of how God created the universe and Darwin's theory of evolution were "perfectly compatible" if the Bible were read correctly".

His statement was a clear attack on creationist campaigners in the US, who see evolution and the Genesis account as mutually exclusive.</p>

"The fundamentalists want to give a scientific meaning to words that had no scientific aim," he said at a Vatican press conference. He said the real message in Genesis was that "the universe didn't make itself and had a creator".

This idea was part of theology, Cardinal Poupard emphasised, while the precise details of how creation and the development of the species came about belonged to a different realm - science. Cardinal Poupard said that it was important for Catholic believers to know how science saw things so as to "understand things better". </strong>

It would be interesting to see how incompatible the arguments of ID supporters would be with the Book of Genesis, if one were to go back and re-interpret the Book of Genesis directly from its original language into English. Personally, I'm more concerned about how all of this is going to end.

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