by 👨💻 Graham Pierrepoint
Pope Francis I has been at the forefront of the Catholic faith for some years now, and with it, he has brought much progression to his position – he has not only addressed scandal sweeping the church with regard to historical abuse of children, but he has also shared progressive views on homosexuality and has even confirmed that animals, as well as humans, can ascend to the afterlife. To many, he’s been the progressive bastion that is sorely needed in today’s climate. This week, too, he’s made considerable steps towards a more central ground – with comments regarding the very creation of the universe.
Pope Francis advised this week that God is sometimes viewed as something of a ‘magician’ – and that this simply is not the case. Making reference to the Big Bang, the Pope discussed that the idea of the cosmic event does not contradict the existence of a higher deity, and that the idea of evolution walks hand in hand with creationism. He advised that some creationist debate discourages evolution’s existence entirely – stating that evolution can still exist under God’s influence, as creatures that evolve need to be created in the first place. It’s a series of statements that is likely to create some discussion, however, Pope Francis is hardly the first in his line to offer the olive branch to evolutionary theory – Pope John Paul II made similar comments twenty years prior, meaning that this progressive thinking has been on trend longer than many may have imagined.
Pope Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, was considered as perhaps more of a traditionalist with regard to such theory and doctrines – but despite his difference in approach to the world we live in, the Pope continues to remain respectful of his line and, of course, continues to represent the word of God to those who follow. Pope Francis has, in fact, recently unveiled a bronze bust of his predecessor – who was the first to retire, whereas previous Popes have died during their tenure – praising Pope Benedict’s spirit.
Can evolution and creationism walk hand in hand – it’s perhaps one of the largest ideological divides still in play in the world today – but while some find faith in God and the church, others will find solace in science – meaning that, in one way or another, we all find our own truth as to why we were put here in the first place.