Friday, May 05, 2006

Creationism is Pagan?

Here's one from the intersection of Science and Religion:

Vatican Astronomer Guy Consolmagno was in Glasgow yesterday to deliver a lecture, and The Scotsman picked up the story. Some interesting nuggets came out of the article.

Brother Consolmagno stated that "Knowledge is dangerous, but so is ignorance. That's why science and religion need to talk to each other." This he supported with an analogy describing creationism, whose supporters want it taught in schools alongside evolution, as a "kind of paganism" because it harked back to the days of "nature gods" who were responsible for natural events.

The article ends with the following statement:

"Religion needs science to keep it away from superstition and keep it close to reality, to protect it from creationism, which at the end of the day is a kind of paganism - it's turning God into a nature god. And science needs religion in order to have a conscience, to know that, just because something is possible, it may not be a good thing to do."

Something about this resonates with me. I wonder what it is...

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