The science of evolution
The science of evolution

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The science of evolution

3 Evolution and religion

It would be a mistake, however, to suppose that the invalidity of the creationist hypothesis and the redundancy of any supernatural agency in the Darwinian theory of evolution by natural selection necessarily endorse atheism, as has been mistakenly supposed both by creationists and some evolutionists alike. That God has not miraculously created every species does not disprove the existence of a deity. In fact, Darwinian evolutionary theory is equally compatible with theism and atheism. Darwin himself eventually became an agnostic, correctly recognising such a personal issue as being irrelevant to his science. In this context, it is of interest to note the following pronouncements from Pope John Paul II in the late 1990s:

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Pope John Paul II (1998)

Leaving aside the philosophical problem of what religious 'truth' means, the key point of interest here is the assertion that the articles of faith and the well-established findings of science cannot flatly contradict one another. Hence, the findings of science concerning evolution received explicit papal endorsement:

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Pope John Paul II (1996)

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