11.11.2005

Oh, No He Didn't! Did That Old Man Just Call Me a Fool?!


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Pope Says Universe Was Created by an 'Intelligent Project'

from Sci-Tech Today

Benedict XVI quoted St. Basil the Great, a 4th-century saint, as saying that 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." His comments were immediately hailed by advocates of intelligent design.

Pope Benedict XVI has waded indirectly into the evolution debate in the United States, saying the universe was made by an "intelligent project" and criticizing those who in the name of science say its creation was without direction or order.

Benedict made the off-the-cuff comments during his general audience Wednesday. The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, published the full text of his remarks in its Thursday editions.

Benedict focused his reflections for the audience on scriptural readings that said God's love was seen in the "marvels of creation."

He quoted St. Basil the Great, a 4th-century saint, as saying that 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.

"With the Sacred Scripture, the Lord awakens the reason that sleeps and tells us: In the beginning, there was the creative word. In the beginning, the creative word - this word that created everything and created this intelligent project that is the cosmos - is also love," he said.

His comments were immediately hailed by advocates of intelligent design, who hold that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power. Proponents of the theory are seeking to get public schools in the United States to teach intelligent design.

Critics say intelligent design is merely creationism - a literal reading of the Bible's story of creation - camouflaged in scientific language and say it does not belong in science curriculum.

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