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Vatican astronomer: Creationism is paganism

…not that there’s anything wrong with paganism.  Actually, I’d say it isn’t quite fair to pagans.  But anyway:

Believing that God created the universe in six days is a form of superstitious paganism, the Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno claimed yesterday.

Brother Consolmagno, who works in a Vatican observatory in Arizona and as curator of the Vatican meteorite collection in Italy, said a “destructive myth” had developed in modern society that religion and science were competing ideologies.

He described 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.

(from Archy via Bora)

Whomever it was who compiled and combined the Genesis creation accounts made no attempt to rationalise them – they were presented side by side.  Surely even they saw the symbolic value of the accounts.  Of course, lots of modern people believe in nature gods and superstitious tricks.  As Spong said, God hates Phoenix.  Nature gods who aren’t even very good at their job (like the deity who sent Hurrican Katrina to punish New Orleans, but ended up striking the city only a glancing blow).  It’s all rather silly.

Brother Consolmagno also had something interesting to say about Papal infallibility:

Brother Consolmagno, who was due to give a speech at the Glasgow Science Centre last night, entitled “Why the Pope has an Astronomer”, said the idea of papal infallibility had been a “PR disaster”. What it actually meant was that, on matters of faith, followers should accept “somebody has got to be the boss, the final authority”.

“It’s not like he has a magic power, that God whispers the truth in his ear,” he said.

How disappointing.  What’s the point of having a pope if he doesn’t have superpowers.  I suppose it makes sense – Batman, who has no superpowers either, relies on the Batmobile, while the Pope relies on the Popemobile.  Coincidence?  I think not.

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