Vatican Conference on Evolution

The Vatican’s conference on evolution is being funded by the Templeton Foundation; some see this as the reason they excluded creationists and those evolutionists who accept the philosophical argument of design. Templeton says no, that the speakers were lined up before they came in.

Organizers of the five-day conference at the Pontifical Gregorian University said Thursday that they barred intelligent design proponents because they wanted an intellectually rigorous conference on science, theology and philosophy to mark the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s “The Origin of Species.”

Well that’s an unusual way to guarantee an “intellectually rigorous” discussion–exclude those with different ideas.