Feeds

Pope: science and religion are compatible

And Darwin's 197 years young

Build a business case: developing custom apps

The Pope moved to soothe the increasingly fractious science versus religion rumpus on Friday, saying the two are compatible in the Christian faith. His Holiness told the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican: “The Church joyfully accepts the real conquests of human knowledge.”

The 78-year-old German-born Pontiff said an understanding of science should help believers understand “the mysteries of life on Earth”, while helping them to see "the logic of faith in God". His comments come in time for yesterday's 197th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.

The event has been marked with talks and debates including Reverend Michael Dowd's speech at the University of Tennessee entitled, “Why Jesus loves Darwin and you could too”.

Sermons supporting Darwin's work were given in moderate churches across America, and natural selection was taught in Sunday schools.

'Evolution Sunday' organiser and biology professor Michael Zimmerman told the Denver Post: “Those very shrill, shrieking voices of the Christian fundamentalists we hear so often are not speaking for all Christians.”

Responding, Robert Crowther of intelligent design lobby group the Discovery Institute shrieked: "We think it's hypocritical and essentially a PR stunt to get attention for an idea that is clearly losing favour with the public."

The recent Dover, Pennsylvania, trial over whether intelligent design should be taught alongside evolution in science classes found in favour of the esteemed naturalist, but does not seem to have cooled the debate. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies
Gummy pterosaurs outlived toothy competitors
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap
Curiosity finds new drilling target after course correction
'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race
ELMOFO rakes in two wins in sanctioned race
Astronomers scramble for obs on new comet
Amateur gets fifth confirmed discovery
Boffins build CYBORG-MOTHRA but not for evil: For search & rescue
This tiny bio-bot will chew through your clothes then save your life
Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run
Still in one piece, but we're going to need MORE POWER
What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this
Sorry, Harvard, did you say kilobots or KILLER BOTS?
NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS
No sign of Ziggy Stardust and his band
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.