God was behind Big Bang, universe no accident: Pope

January 7, 2011

God’s mind was behind complex scientific theories such as the Big Bang, and Christians should reject the idea that the universe came into being by accident, Pope Benedict said on Thursday.

“The universe is not the result of chance, as some would want to make us believe,” Benedict said on the day Christians mark the Epiphany, the day the Bible says the three kings reached the site where Jesus was born by following a star.

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(Photo: A scientist stands in front of pictures of the first successful collisions at full power at the CMS experience control room of the LHC at the CERN in Meyrin. The experiments have been aimed at making mini “Big Bangs”. /Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND )

“Contemplating it (the universe) we are invited to read something profound into it: the wisdom of the creator, the inexhaustible creativity of God,” he said in a sermon to some 10,000 people in St Peter’s Basilica on the feast day.

While the pope has spoken before about evolution, he has rarely delved back in time to discuss specific concepts such as the Big Bang, which scientists believe led to the formation of the universe some 13.7 billion years ago.

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The author, Philip Pullella, is fairly ignorant about Catholic doctrine and the article ends with a negative bias towards the Catholic Church rather than the “unbiased” reporting that Reuteurs claims. Contrary to what the article imples, the Catholic Church never formally taught “creationism” that the Universe was created in 144 hours. In fact, there are a number Patristic fathers and canonized Catholic Saints that wrote otherwise prior to 600 AD. Also contrary to what the article implied, the Catholic Church never denied evolutionary theory. If he believes so, he’d have to present that proof in the form of a Papal Encyclical which he doesn’t and states it as if it was matter of fact.

A better article, or a more balanced article would have also shown the Catholic Church and science in history instead of pulling the same tiring religious polemics.

Philip Pullella could have brought out that the Heliocentric theory was brought into modern science by a Catholic Deacon, Copernicus (who attributed his work to the Pope), or that the Big Bang Theory was first posited by a Priest, Father Lemaitre.

Or even that St. Augustine, Doctor of the Catholic Church, quotes Scripture when he writes, “He Who lives forever created all things simultaneously.” Sirach 18:1.

That, my friend, would have made an interesting, eye-opening read!

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“God’s mind was behind complex scientific theories such as Geocentrism, and Christians should reject the idea that the sun orbits the earth” Pope Urban said on Thursday.

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