Whatever one’s stance on Science and religion may be or if one has faith or not, one has to recognize that a turning point in the History of Science has been passed. Three of the most fundamental scientific concepts have been officially recognised by the Pope, namely the Evolution, the Big-bang and Climate change.
Could the Pope be more scientific than some of His believers ?
Why is that of any interest some would ask. Well, let’s be honest religion and science have not always gone hand in hand. Let’s look at today’s world where there is a big trend towards “Intelligent” Design in the United States and the Islamic State (ISIS) has been destroying archeological jewels (artifacts and entire sites!) and even in the past where the Catholic Church was fervently anti-science (should we even mention the Inquisition and Galileo??). Thus, we can only rejoice about the Pope’s position on science. In this world of rampant and foul obscurantism, Sci&Fi just wanted to highlight the Pope’s progressivism. Let’s hope that all the other moral and religious authorities will follow and openly promote Sciences and the scientific process.
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On climate change: Address of Pope Francis to the participants in the World meeting of popular movements. 28th October 2014.