Thursday, January 19, 2006

Intelligent Design not for schools says Vatican

... in an article in L'Osservatore Romano.
The author, Fiorenzo Facchini, a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Bologna, laid out the scientific rationale for Darwin's theory of evolution, saying that in the scientific world, biological evolution "represents the interpretative key of the history of life on Earth."

He lamented that certain American "creationists" had brought the debate back to the "dogmatic" 1800s, and said their arguments weren't science but ideology.

"This isn't how science is done," he wrote. "If the model proposed by Darwin is deemed insufficient, one should look for another, but it's not correct from a methodological point of view to take oneself away from the scientific field pretending to do science."

Intelligent design "doesn't belong to science and the pretext that it be taught as a scientific theory alongside Darwin's explanation is unjustified," he wrote.

"It only creates confusion between the scientific and philosophical and religious planes."
What's interesting is that pretty much the majority on the first few pages returned by a Technorati search on "Vatican and evolution" was on the lines of, "Oh, finally the Vatican acknowledges reality." or "The Vatican and I agree with something." None of my favorite Catholic blogs have commented on this story. No doubt, partly because it's kinda old -- the conversation has been intense since Cardinal Schönborn's piece in the NYT back in July 2005 -- and partly because, well, it really isn't news.

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