Pope Francis has been immensely popular across both the world and the U.S., with his appeal going beyond just Catholics.
But perhaps his popularity isn’t quite as high amongst the most extremist Republicans, given his stance on immigrant children and trickle down economics. Oh, and Rush Limbaugh doesn’t like him, which is a pretty good sign that the Pope is a pretty awesome person.
This week, the Pope delved into the creationism vs evolution debate, stating that the Big Bang Theory and evolution are consistent with the Bible, and essential to understanding God, who is not a magician with a magic wand. That sound you just heard were heads belonging to members of the Christian Right exploding.
But don’t worry! Pope Francis definitely believes that humans were initially created by God, but that further advancement by humans was due in part to evolution.
“When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said.
“He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfilment.”
“God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,” the pope continued. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”
Although Catholics generally agree in the Theory of Evolution, many evangelical Christians do not, and we don’t expect the Pope’s words to go over too well with that crowd. Nonetheless, his statements on evolution carries a lot of weight, especially his declaration that evolution and the Big Bang theory are both true and not incompatible with the church’s views on the origins of the universe and life.
“The Big Bang, which today we hold to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator but, rather, requires it,” Francis said. ”Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”
And with that, the Pope has established that God creating man does not at all discount the Big Bang Theory or the theory of evolution. The question is, how will that go over with Catholics, and more curiously, evangelicals?
Watch The Young Turks discuss the Pope’s comments below.
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