Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Pope Francis amassed international popularity through stunning and progressive statements that put him at odds with the conservative wing of the Catholic Church. On Tuesday, he similarly put himself at odds with a significant portion of Americans by saying he believed in evolution, not creationism — an idea 42 percent of Americans espouse.
“When we read about creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said. “He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.” He added: “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”
Mr. McCoy is just an idiot. The Catholic Church has not opposed evolution in a very long time. Most of the Americans who don't "believe" in it are probably Baptists or something. I believe in evolution the same way I believe in erosion; you just have to look around. There are still metaphysical issues, however.