The Vatican has been hosting a conference this week celebrating Darwinian evolution. The conference specifically excluded any mention of Creationism or Intelligent Design, as I’ve already noted. But here’s the shocker–the abstracts show that some of the invited guests promised to engage in mockery of God. Francisco J. Ayala, for instance, says in his abstract:
The design of organisms is not intelligent, as it would be expected from an engineer, but imperfect and worse: defects, dysfunctions, oddities, waste, and cruelty pervade the living world.
… Darwin’s fundamental discovery is that there is a natural process that is creative although not conscious.
Another voice critical of Intelligent Design and Creationism that was to be heard: Ron Numbers.
I’m reminded of the words of Puddleglum in The Silver Chair:
Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things–trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We’re just babies making up a game, if you’re right. But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow. That’s why I’m going to stand by the play-world. I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia.