Church of England Declares Evolution, Faith Are Compatible

The Church of England’s governing body on Friday approved a motion that emphasizes the compatibility of belief in both God and science.

Dr. Peter Capon, a former computer science lecturer, introduced the motion arguing that “rejecting much mainstream science does nothing to support those Christians who are scientists … or strengthen the Christian voice in the scientific area.”

He urged Christians to take scientific evidence seriously and avoid prejudging science for theological reasons.

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It seems the Church of England is in agreement with recent popes. From Pope John Paul II:

*“In his encyclical Humani Generis (1950), my predecessor Pius XII has already affirmed that there is no conflict between evolution and the doctrine of the faith regarding man and his vocation, provided that we do not lose sight of certain fixed points.” *

And Pope Benedict XVI:

“They are presented as alternatives that exclude each other,” the Pope said. “This clash is an absurdity because on one hand there is much scientific proof in favor of evolution, which appears as a reality that we must see and which enriches our understanding of life and being as such.”

As long as we accept that science cannot - and should not attempt to - answer the “great philosophical questions” there is no conflict.

Truth cannot contradict Truth.

There is still a temporary ban on this topic.


I’m pretty sure that ban is only active within the philosophy forum.

Evolution has been tacitly supported by Buddhists for a while now but it is not something of great debate. These sorts of questions like “where do we come from?” are not important in a Buddhist’s mind. I’m glad to see that the CofE is letting go of the old superstition, though.

Strange to see this again. What are the “fixed points” Pope John Paul II is referring to? For one, science cannot explain the ontological leap to man.

Pope Benedict is on record as saying evolution cannot be proven.


Regarding your first sentence, thanks for pointing that out.


AIUI there are at least two fixed points. One is indeed the ontological leap to man - that God directly created man’s soul. Man’s physical body may have evolved but not his soul. Monogenism is another fixed point.

Pope Benedict is on record as saying evolution cannot be proven.

The Pope is correct. No scientific theory is ever proven.


I believe in Evolution. What exactly Evolution is, is a bigger issue.

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