Vatican Science: An oxymoron?

I recently read an article published on FoxNews.com (here) that discussed the Vatican’s view on science as a whole, but more specifically, the Big Bang Theory. It appears that the guy in the big hat is ok with the theory and thinks there is a place for science and religion to coexist on this front. So his message to his sheep is this: “I’m cool with the big bang but don’t forget, god is the puppet master pulling the strings.”

Ok, so let’s look at that. If the catholic church now endorses this theory, that means that the story of the creation that everyone is supposed to believe is now outdated. The bible tells the flock that god created heaven and earth. But what it’s supposed to say is god created a bunch of atoms and then smashed them together, knowing full well that the result of this action would be the creation of planets, life, and eventually people. And this would also mean that god did not create man and woman and stick them in a garden to be enticed by a serpent. Instead, he created the events that led to the rise of man, pulling the strings all along. Uh oh… I think we have a snowball effect that the pope-meister might want to consider.

So if my catholic upbringing isn’t failing me, I seem to recall that original sin was a direct result of the aforementioned garden-gate, and that the only cure for this affliction is the sacrament of baptism. But if garden-gate didn’t really happen, then is original sin out of the picture too? So no one needs to be baptized anymore, right Bennie? Uh oh.

Well I think we all know we’ll NEVER hear that coming from the Vatican. If it was ever decided that baptism wasn’t necessary, it would toss the new testament into orbit. Not to mention, the canceling of baptism would hurt the church’s revenue. And everyone knows the church loves the benjamins!

But for me, tossing away baptism is a logical thought progression from accepting big bang and integrating this piece of science into Catholicism. I’m sure others will disagree, and that’s ok. I’d love to hear from you.

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  • havensfire

    Yeah, it seems that the Vatican is contradicting itself. I can, however, already hear the rationalizations should this topic ever be brought up with the church. Something along the lines of “Oh, that’s all metaphorical. The apple is a metaphor for [X], and that [X] causes original sin, so you still have to be baptized.”

    It’ll happen that, eventually, people will realize that the church has become outdated, and we might then see an end to this ridiculous display. Until that time, though, I’m kind of glad that the Vatican can make these announcements, and that they can accept science despite how it may disagree with their teachings.

    • http://dividedundergod.wordpress.com Divided Under God

      Thanks for the comment. I do agree it’s a good thing that they can accept some forms of science fact. However, a more progressive approach is needed of course. But we’re talking about the Catholic church here. One step at a time, I guess. I hope I live to see the day that they embrace stem cell research, but I seriously doubt it.

  • lnpeters

    When I making my progression from Christianity to Atheism, this was one of the excuses I came up with in order to fit God and Science together.

    The step after that said, “God did create the world in 7 days, but each ‘day’ was actually 1 billion years.”

    I tried several other theories before I just gave up the idea of god in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

    Maybe Catholics are progressing too? (I can’t even type that with a straight face.)