Monday, September 04, 2006


The Pope and ID

Father Joseph Fessio S.J., provost of Ave Maria University in Florida and a participant in the Pope's weekend meeting with 39 former students, has told Reuters that:

"We did not really speak much about intelligent design. In fact, that particular controversy did not arise."

Creationism -- the view that God created the world in six days as described in the Bible -- was "almost off the radar screen of the people in this group," he added. The Catholic Church does not read the Genesis account of creation literally.

Fessio said Benedict took part in the discussions but said nothing different from previous public statements, in which he has recognized evolution is a scientific fact but argued that God ultimately created the world and all life in it.

Perhaps RSR is reading too much between the lines, but did Father Fessio just signal that the group doesn't see much difference between creationism and intelligent design?

Can the Discovery Institute and the ID faithful take much comfort from the Pope and his advisers subscribing to theistic evolution. Is this position distinguishable in any substantial way from the point of view held by Ken Miller?


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