mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)

Vatican Astronomer Dismisses Creationism

Brother Guy Consolmagno is an astronomer who works as the curator of meteorites at the Vatican.

He's also a science fiction fan and a friend of mine. He's one of the people I consulted when I wrote "Sanctuary," my story about a Catholic priest giving sanctuary to an alien on a space station.

bill_leisner has just posted a link to an article on The Scotsman: Creationism dismissed as 'a kind of paganism' by Vatican's astronomer, written by Ian Johnston:

Believing that God created the universe in six days is a form of superstitious paganism, the Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno claimed yesterday.

Brother Consolmagno, who works in a Vatican observatory in Arizona and as curator of the Vatican meteorite collection in Italy, said a "destructive myth" had developed in modern society that religion and science were competing ideologies....

Here's the "money" quote: "Religion needs science to keep it away from superstition and keep it close to reality, to protect it from creationism, which at the end of the day is a kind of paganism - it's turning God into a nature god. And science needs religion in order to have a conscience, to know that, just because something is possible, it may not be a good thing to do."

Go read the article. I'm glad to see that Brother Guy finally had a chance to speak out.
Tags: personal, science, science-fiction
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