November 18, 2005
VATICAN CITY - The
Vatican's chief astronomer said Friday that "intelligent design" isn't science and doesn't belong in science classrooms, the latest high-ranking Roman Catholic official to enter the evolution debate in the United States.
The Rev. George Coyne, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, said placing intelligent design theory alongside that of evolution in school programs was "wrong" and was akin to mixing apples with oranges.
"Intelligent design isn't science even though it pretends to be," the ANSA news agency quoted Coyne as saying on the sidelines of a conference in Florence. "If you want to teach it in schools, intelligent design should be taught when religion or cultural history is taught, not science."
What's very surprising about this is that an institution of faith is actually standing up for reason.
What doesn't make this SO surprising is that these comments and the ones later in the article are actually in line with previous statements other Catholics have made on the matter. (I wish I had some citations for you, but unfortunately, I've read far too many articles on IB, Creationism, and Atheism to remember where I've read all these things right now.)
Some people are quite honest about their faith and acknowledge that it is completely separate and distinct from reason. They're more honest than their I.D. counterparts in that regard.
So, good for them in continuing to stick to their guns of irrationalism and not allowing the Intelligent Design crowd lure them into mixing their faith with the appearances of reason.
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