Friday, June 03, 2005


Voices for evolution

From the Catholic News Service:

Church needs better evolution education

Catholic education has long had adequate science instruction, including instruction in biological evolution. The bishop quoted in the article is concerned that Catholic kids are picking up anti-evolution biases from the culture, and that Catholic educators should improve their curriculum in order to counter this anti-evolution bias.

From the article:

Without a church view of human creation that is consistent with currently accepted scientific knowledge, "Catholicism may begin to seem less and less 'realistic' to more and more thoughtful people," said David Byers, executive director of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Science and Human Values from 1984 to 2003.


"Denying that humans evolved seems by this point a waste of time," he said without mentioning specific controversies in the United States.

This is a great statement, it's noteworthy that he includes the discussion of human evolution. Many lay people accept evolution in principle, but stop short with human evolution. So it's great to see a cleric straightforwardly state that human evolution is simply not a problem for his flock.
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