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Friday, November 18, 2005

BREITBART.COM - Just The News: "The Vatican's chief astronomer said Friday that 'intelligent design' isn't science and doesn't belong in science classrooms, the latest high-ranking Roman Catholic official to enter the evolution debate in the United States.

"The Rev. George Coyne, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, said placing intelligent design theory alongside that of evolution in school programs was 'wrong' and was akin to mixing apples with oranges.
"'If they respect the results of modern science, and indeed the best of modern biblical research, religious believers must move away from the notion of a dictator God or a designer God, a Newtonian God who made the universe as a watch that ticks along regularly.'

"Rather, he argued, God should be seen more as an encouraging parent.

"'God in his infinite freedom continuously creates a world that reflects that freedom at all levels of the evolutionary process to greater and greater complexity,' he wrote. 'He is not continually intervening, but rather allows, participates, loves.'"

Now just isn't this ducky? Isn't it comforting that God is so parenting, that he encourages the freedom of the "evolutionary" process, of blood and tearing of tooth and claw? There is no wrath, you know, and resistance against evil is so non-sentimental. Let us be "parenting" to all men like our imaginary Father in heaven; let us learn to "participate, allow, and love" the likes of Saddam, Hitler, rapists, murderers, and other unwashed, for they have needs, too, you know.

Maybe Newton's idea of God was defective; maybe Augustine's view was defective; maybe even the view of Rev. George Coyne is defective, and it appears suspiciously like the view of Karl Rahner, at least in his latter dialectic period.

What about the biblical view of God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Hm?

Encouraging parent? To whom?

6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. --2Thess. 1:6-10.

Are you among those who believe the testimony of the Apostles. Or do you just do your own thing? It's not a good idea [to do your own thing]. Paul thought it was a good and righteous thing for the ungodly to be dumped into hell. [vs. 6]. But what did he know?
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