Target: Pope Francis
Goal: Thank Pope Francis for advocating coexistence between science and religion
In a recent interview, Pope Francis continued to rock the boat of the Catholic establishment by arguing that the Big Bang Theory and evolution are not at all at odds with Catholic doctrine. This was a very pleasant departure from the animosity often seen between the most vocal factions of scientific and religious absolutism. Commend Pope Francis for once again preaching modernity and inclusivity in the realm of religion.
At an event at the Vatican on October 27th, Pope Francis reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s position that evolution was not at odds with the teachings of the Bible. Speaking about the traditional concept of “creation,” the Pope said that it is too easy to think of God as a “magician with a magic wand able to do everything,” and went on to say that the often-competing ideas of creation and evolution could coexist. This is antithetical to what some extremists on both scientific and religious sides say, and of course comes in the wake of the Pope’s “modernization tour,” which has helped update the Catholic Church and bring it more in-line with modern values.
Pope Francis’s comments, then, are another welcome addition to his growing repertoire of forward-thinking stances on today’s most salient issues, and a welcome departure from the conflict many unnecessary, passionate factions on both sides create between science and religion. Let him know that his efforts are noticed and greatly appreciated. Sign the petition below to applaud him for advocating for a peaceful coexistence between the facts of science and the faith of religions.
Dear Pope Francis,
It was with great pleasure that I saw you recently arguing that scientific theories like the Big Bang and evolution are not at all contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church. While I have been watching with happy enthusiasm as you have rocked the Catholic establishment’s boat with your efforts at modernization, this instance was particularly encouraging because of the current climate of vitriol between extremists in both scientific and religious communities.
In America, evangelical Christian communities outright deny evolution and the Big Bang and “New Atheists” use their stances as evidence of the inherent backwardness of religion. Both sides have become, it seems, increasingly entrenched as time goes by, and that is why I am so encouraged by your statements the other day. As a person with worldwide renown and respect, your voice carries–and your saying that science and religion can coexist provides a useful and weighty counterpoint to these other voices of conflict.
I thank you for your boundary-crossing statement that science and religion are neither mutually exclusive nor naturally in conflict with one another.
[Your Name Here]
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