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Pope endorses science? Old news

What does it mean to be anti-science? Fundamentally, being anti-science means maintaining false beliefs in the face of repeated evidence to the contrary, simply out of blind faith, writes Helen Andrews.

Media outlets like the Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC seem to think that this description fits the Catholic Church. I think it is a far better fit for the elite media itself, at least when it comes to their attitudes toward Catholicism.

In an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences earlier this week, Pope Francis exhorted the scientists present to approach their vocation with a renewed sense of mission. By way of emphasising that researchers need not hold back in their quest for truth out of fear of discovering a truth contrary to Christian dogma, the Pope explained that God created nature’s laws just as surely as he created nature itself.

“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,” he said.     [Full Story]


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