Pope Francis is on the road to angering extreme conservatives, again. The Catholic church’s head honcho declared at a gathering at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences that evolution is real, the Big Bang happened, and God is not a “magician with a magic wand.” In fact, the Pope argues, those theories require a higher power.
“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 beings and allowed them to develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one, so that they were able to develop and to arrive and their fullness of being. He gave autonomy to the beings of the universe at the same time at which he assured them of his continuous presence, giving being to every reality,” the Pope added. “And so creation continued for centuries and centuries, millennia and millennia, until it became which we know today, precisely because God is not a demiurge or a magician, but the creator who gives being to all things.”
“Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation,” the Pope said, explaining that the theory of evolution is not in any way incompatible with faith in God, “because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”