Who knew the Vatican had an astronomer? Brother Consolmagno, who works in a Vatican observatory in Arizona and is curator of the Vatican meteorite collection in Italy (the Vatican has a meteorite collection now?), doesn’t believe that science and religion are competing theories.
Last week, he commented that literal creationism (strictly, that God created the world in 6 days) is a ‘kind of paganism’ because
it harked back to the days of “nature gods” who were responsible for natural events.
Brother Consolmagno argued that the Christian God was a supernatural one, a belief that had led the clergy in the past to become involved in science to seek natural reasons for phenomena such as thunder and lightning, which had been previously attributed to vengeful gods. “Knowledge is dangerous, but so is ignorance. That’s why science and religion need to talk to each other,” he said.
“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.”
It’s nice to see the Vatican embracing science for a change.
Source: The Scotsman