Pope Benedict: No Conflict Between “Big Bang” And Religion
Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI said in a sermon during the Feast of Epiphany Mass that there is no conflict between scientific explanations for the origin of the universe and belief in a God:
Christians should reject the idea that the universe was created by accident, Pope Benedict said Thursday, adding that God’s mind was the driving force behind scientific theories such as the Big Bang.
“The universe is not the result of chance, as some would want to make us believe,” Benedict said on the day of the Epiphany, where the Bible says the three kings arrived at the birthplace of Jesus, Reuters reports.
“Contemplating it (the universe), we are invited to read something profound into it: the wisdom of the creator, the inexhaustible creativity of God,” he added in a sermon at St. Peter’s Basilica.
Of course, it’s been several centuries at least since the Catholic Church adhered to the idea that the creation story in Genesis was literal truth and, only a few years ago, the Pope explicitly said that there is no conflict between religious faith and the theory that man evolved from lower forms of life. Nonetheless, it is interesting to see some segments of human religion becoming more willing to accept scientific explanations for the origins of life and the universe, even as others close themselves off to the possibility.