Posted by Gary on November 18, 2005
The Vatican’s chief astronomer has weighed in on the Intelligent Design debate. Rev. George Coyne, the Jesuit Director of the Vatican Observatory insists that teaching Intelligent Design is "wrong" and "akin to mixing apples and oranges".
The following excerpt from the AP article makes the previous comments pale in comparison:
"If they respect the results of modern science, and indeed the best of modern biblical research, religious believers must move away from the notion of a dictator God or a designer God, a Newtonian God who made the universe as a watch that ticks along regularly.
Rather, he argued, God should be seen more as an encouraging parent.
"God in his infinite freedom continuously creates a world that reflects that freedom at all levels of the evolutionary process to greater and greater complexity," he wrote. "He is not continually intervening, but rather allows, participates, loves."
These quotes were taken from an article in the British Catholic magazine, The Tablet from last June. In the same article Coyne affirmed God’s role in creation but said …"science explains the history of the universe".
Move away from the "notion" of a designer God? He is not continually intervening? This is heresy and blasphemy. I am tired of reading quotes from men who have collars and seminary degrees who hold themselves forth as shepherds of Christ yet deny His Word. This is Godlessness pure and simple.
What Scripture would the Rev. Coyne point me to to change my understanding of God being a designer and a God who intervenes? For me to arrive at such conclusions I would have to believe that Scripture is lying to me when I read it. Scripture declares from Genesis 1 through Revelation 22 that God is the designer of creation and that He does intervene in creation’s events often (praise His holy name that He does). Here again human intellect and philosophy are preferred above the Word of God and encouraged so by a "so called" shepherd.
Job 38:1-4 "Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, 2 "Who is this that darkens counsel By words without knowledge? 3 "Now gird up your loins like a man, And I will ask you, and you instruct Me! 4 "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?"
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