Today in France, the Pope said this:
“What gave Europe’s culture its foundation — the search for God and the readiness to listen to him — remains today the basis of any genuine culture,” the pope said.
It’s hard to list all the reasons I disagree with that statement. First, I would say any Buddhist culture would take offense as being deemed “not genuine” by this definition. Second, I would say that most of the great art and cultural movements could be traced to rebellion against religion and their “search for God.” But none of this is the point of my post. Onward.
He continued: “It is through the search for God that the secular sciences take on their importance.”
I can’t fault the Pope for not being scientific, but secular sciences are not looking for God. They are looking for truth. If God=Truth, they will find God. So far … bupkiss.
… the pope proposed a “distinction between the political realm and that of religion in order to preserve both the religious freedom of citizens and the responsibility of the state toward them.
There’s only one reason he would propose this: he fears for the future of religion. He is speaking the language of capitulation. He is acting like this will be a win/win for religion and politics, but there is (unfortunately) no end for politics in our future–only for religion. He’s trying to ride political coat tails and ensure that there is some cordoned-off area where religion people will still be needed. He suggests a potential role for religion thusly:
“… The pope distinguished between the state’s legislative and social responsibilities and religion’s role “for the formation of conscience” and the “creation of a basic ethical consensus in society.””
No thanks, Mr. Pope. Catholicism brought us burning at the stake, the inquisition, intelligent design, and buggered altar boys. Science’s big mistakes amount to things like … alchemy and leeching. I would rather put the onus of ethical consensus creation under the purview of politics. And that’s saying a lot.
I say we let Religion take its current course. To Americans it may seem that their course is taking them into total world domination, but in Europe … they are fading away, and fondly remembered, like Disco.