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Author Topic:   Pope John Paul II address to the Papal Academy of Sciences
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Message 3 of 16 (74407)
12-20-2003 3:06 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by Apostle
12-19-2003 3:57 PM

I can see several problems with your claims.

Firstly the Pope clearly goes beyond simply warning people away from theological problems. In fact he clearly limits the theological problems to the origin of the human mind and spirit. There is no bar on accepting any other evolutionary hypothesis.

Secondly the Pope clealy accepts that the natural sciences can inform the correct interpretation of scripture.
"It is necessary to determine the proper sense of Scripture, while avoiding any unwarranted interpretations that make it say what it does not intend to say. In order to delineate the field of their own study, the exegete and the theologian must keep informed about the results achieved by the natural sciences..."

In short the Pope clearly favours an evolutionary framework over a literal intepretation of Genesis - and even the more metaphorical versions preferred by the various versions of old-Earth creationism.

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