The Big Bang and evolution are real and were carried out by God


Pope Francis has recently declared at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences that the theory of evolution and the big bang are real, and God is not “a magician with a wand.”

Apparently, the Big Bang—which scientists believe led to the formation of the universe some 13.8billion years ago—was all part of God’s Great Plan.

Experts believe that the pope’s comments aim to „reduce the emotion of dispute or presumed disputes with science.”

Furthermore, the Pope explained that scientific theories are not incompatible in any way with the exists of the creator. If anything the ‘require it.’

According to reports by the Independent, the Pope’s comments are aimed at putting to an end “pseudo theories” of creationism and intelligent design, some of which were encouraged by the Pope’s predecessor, Benedict XVI.

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. 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. Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve. –Pope Francis.

For centuries, the Catholic Church has been considered an anti-scientific community. However, welcoming new knowledge and in line with the progressive work of Pope Pius XII, Pope Francis has welcomed new creative thinking saying that he actively welcomes the big bang theory, opening a conversation on evolution as well.

Interestingly, in 1996, John Paul II went further and suggested evolution was “more than a hypothesis” and “effectively proven fact.”

The Pope’s comments created a new debate among experts. Giovanni Bignami, a professor and president of Italy’s National Institute for Astrophysics, told the Italian news agency Adnkronos:

“The pope’s statement is significant. We are the direct descendants from the Big Bang that created the universe. Evolution came from creation.”

“No one could ever say of him that study and science made him and his love for God and his neighbor wither,” Francis said, according to a translation by the Catholic News Service.

“On the contrary, knowledge, wisdom and prayer enlarged his heart and his spirit. Let us thank God for the gift that he gave the church and the world with the existence and the pontificate of Pope Benedict.”

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  1. I’ve always believed that science can reveal the glory of God and creation by separating what we know to be true from all the dogma that’s inherited from religion. I was raised as a Christian but from the time I was 5 or 6 years old I disliked being told to accept things the way they’re written. We have minds to think for ourselves, and hearts to feel what is right. I applaud the Pope for being open minded..

  2. I’m not Catholic, and according to many things the current pope has said, he’s not really Catholic either. But since evolution is still claimed as “fact”, chew on this. Animal conservation efforts require a large enough population to sustain a species without inbreeding. The problem with cross breeding is that, if a sexually reproducing organism experiences a mutation and then breeds back with the general population that does not share that mutation, it will create a hybrid. That hybrid breeding back with the general population will see that mutation bred out of the line. White Tigers have been inbred to keep that white mutation. Animal breeders have know this since before Darwin started writing about evolution, and is likely a reason he pointed out, “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.” That’s because if an organ was the result of an extreme mutation, it would either be impossible to produce offspring unless another simultaneous mutation occurred in another of the opposite sex, or it would produce a hybrid and see that mutation bred out. Research is ongoing to try to find how mutations can occur in large populations simultaneously. Basically, the idea that a single “random mutation” and “natural selection” could populate an entire area either requires singe celled organisms or a naive assumption about “dominant genes”. Hereditary traits are a major problem with that. Research is ongoing.

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