Pope Francis on Monday said that the Big Bang and evolution theories do not contradict the concept of creation.
“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,” he said at an assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. “He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.”
“God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,” he continued. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”
Not being a theology major, I am not sure what he means by saying that God is not a divine being. Isn’t the definition of “god” sort of tied in with divinity? Whatever; I just… oh, never mind. I gave up trying to figure out popes ever since they told me they elect one by smoking something.
But somewhere Galileo and Darwin are nodding and smiling, as are Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, Howard, and Penny.