Pope Francis’ comments were made before the unveiling of a bust of his predecessor yesterday (Picture: REUTERS)
Pope Francis has declared that evolution and the Big Bang are real and God is not ‘a magician with a magic wand’ – in contradiction to the creationist theory apparently endorsed by his predecessor.
Speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope put an end to the so-called ‘pseudo theories’ of intelligent design and creationism, theories that seemed to be supported by Pope Benedict XVI in a 2005 interview.
And Francis went on to argue that the existence of a creator is not inconsistent with evolution nor the Big Bang and that in fact it ‘requires’ both theories.
‘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,’ he said.
Pope Francis said that the existence…
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