Pope: Science Cannot Explain The Meaning Of Life
September 17, 2010
(ChattahBox World News) – The Pope spoke to a group of assembled religious leaders this morning during his UK visit, and shot back at the current controversy over Stephen Hawking’s new book, which claims that a god had no place in the creation of the universe.
According to the Pope, science does not provide any answers into the actual question of our existence, and why we are here. ‘They cannot satisfy the deepest longings of the human heart, they cannot fully explain to us our origin and our destiny, why and for what purpose we exist, nor indeed can they provide us with an exhaustive answer to the question ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’”
This isn’t actually true. The problem with putting science into the same context as religion is that you expect it to have the same questions, but different answers. That isn’t the case, and the question of why we are here is significantly different than the same basic question asked in religion.
We don’t have to have a traditional “reason” for our existence on a spiritual level; the Pope is asking the wrong questions. We are more concerned with ‘how’ not ‘why’.
But that wasn’t all he had to say.
“It [religion] reminds us of the possibility and the imperative of moral conversion, of the duty to live peaceably with our neighbour, of the importance of living a life of integrity,” he said, ignoring the obvious problems with this statement.
“Properly understood, it brings enlightenment, it purifies our hearts and it inspires noble and generous action, to the benefit of the entire human family.”
I don’t actually have a problem with religion, believe it or not. I think that faith can be a wonderful thing that brings fulfillment into the lives of those who believe in a god. But I do have a bit of a problem with a man speaking on behalf of the Catholic Church, who claims he is the voice of God, and is currently embroiled in a massive scale of rampant child abuse, commenting on the flaws of science versus the religion he claims fosters peace.
I can’t help but feel that he doesn’t “properly understand” anything.