- Jul 7, 2020
As a follow-up to a 2013 symposium on the origin and evolution of humans, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences held a workshop discussing the latest discoveries about humanity’s earliest ancestors — where they lived and what they may have looked like millions of years ago.
On the 158th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s world-changing book ‘On the Origin of Species,’ which laid the foundations for evolutionary theory, several Catholic scientists and experts are expressing frustration with the common perception of tension between evolution and religious faith — pointing, among other things, to a string of popes who clearly didn’t feel that way.
Philosopher Alvin Plantinga, who has argued that Christian philosophers should let their religious beliefs influence their academic research and that the evolutionary theory is compatible with religious belief, has won the prestigious $1.4 million Templeton Award.
ROME — Typically my final column of the year is devoted to under-covered Vatican stories from the past 12 months, on the premise that the Vatican doesn’t get the same attention in the American press as the White House or Congress, and so important developments often slip through the cracks.
Imagine if the pope were invited to address a summit of Protestant leaders, and used the platform to take a swipe at Italy’s tiny Waldensian Protestant church — complaining that it tries to convert Catholics, and demanding that it shut up about the separation of church and state. Protestants would
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis waded into the controversial debate over the origins of human life, saying the big bang theory did not contradict the role of a divine creator, but even required it. The pope was addressing the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which gathered at