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(NEWSER) – Pope Francis has some bad news for creationists and those who believe in the theory of intelligent design: He thinks both camps are wrong. In remarks to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Francis embraced the concepts of evolution and the Big Bang theory in straightforward language, reports theIndependent.

  • God not a magician: “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."
  • Instead ... “He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfilment."
  • Big Bang: “The Big Bang, which today we hold to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator but, rather, requires it."
  • Evolution: “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”

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