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2 popes reach out to atheists in apparent campaign

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  • matc8s Bethel Island/CC, CA
    Sept. 24, 2013 4:38 p.m.

    The long-standing myth of the (Catholic) Church being "anti-science" is just that: myth -- and BTW, those who might choose to conveniently draw the name "Galileo" out of a hat in such discussions (and they are wont to do) might do well to remember that the scientist found himself in trouble for *satire*, not Science; a very long time before our American notions of Constitutionally-guaranteed Free Speech, Press and Religion. To judge human beings of centuries past for failing to live up to our present-day expectations would seem a waste of breath (or bandwidth). It has also long been the position of the Church that the theory of evolution is no obstacle to Faith, nor does it by necessity countermand the poetic language of Genesis -- that God created all -- and is a perfectly plausible scientific explanation for the existence of God-created Life.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Sept. 24, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    A refreshing change given the Church’s past methods for “reaching out” to atheists & agnostics over the centuries. Funny how humble & open to dialogue people (and institutions) become when their power wanes.

    Equally refreshing is the Church’s embrace of science & evolution… again, better late than never.