Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Vatican evolves to the 19th century

You can all rest easy now. The Vatican recently announced that evolution has “scientific value” and that it “can no longer be considered a hypothesis.” Whew!

The Vatican did also criticize “fundamentalists” for literal interpretations of the Bible. I assume the Pope may have forgotten about his own church’s literal interpretations that burned Giordano Bruno at the stake for his heliocentrism in 1600 and imprisoned Galileo for the same and for Copernicanism soon afterward. Minor details

I'm sure I need not remind anyone that if the Catholic Church had still held sway in 1859, the lovely Charles Darwin would've found himself bound to the same stake as dear Bruno -- and we would not currently be hearing of "scientific value."

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