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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Vatican: Faithful Should Listen to Science 

My new favorite Cardinal - Cardinal Paul Poupard - tells Catholics that science is a good thing.

Part of his reasoning? He warns "that religion risks turning into "fundamentalism" if it ignores scientific reason."

He notes that it has to be a two-way street, however. "The faithful have the obligation to listen to that which secular modern science has to offer, just as we ask that knowledge of the faith be taken in consideration as an expert voice in humanity."

I think this is an exceptionally constructive statement from the Church. My gut instinct is to retort that science should not listen to the views of the religious, because they do not stem from reason, evidence, and inquiry, but from faith.

But perhaps that's because I'm a bit extreme in this debate. It's good to see one side reaching out. I wouldn't mind hearing a bit more of this from my side of this divide. Not capitulation, mind you, but the kind of gesture seen here from the Cardinal could open up more fruitful communication and serve both sides of the debate, and humanity at large, in the process.

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