I was on another forum today where this article was posted. It is a secular forum with a “religion” folder which draws people from many religions.
“Have not money, the thirst for possessions, for power and even knowledge, diverted man from his true destiny?” the pope asked.
I got into a discussion with an athiest about this statement by the pope and would like some input:
Athiest: Its true, knowledge is what is going to hurt the church the most. It is ironic that the Pope would mention that knowledge is a diversion of destiny seeing as that is why people read the bible; for knowledge of God.
Cattitude: Perhaps he’s speaking of seeking knowledge that makes you think you “shall be as gods”. That’s the kind of thinking that leads people to think they don’t need God. Why do you think knowledge is going to hurt the Church? What knowledge, and how?
A: I am referring to scientific knowledge. A better understanding of the big bang, evolution, anthropology, etc. I think will do just what you say; lead people to think they don’t need a God and i think the Pope must realize this. The Pope is trying to discourage people away from knowledge (science) to protect the church.
Cat: The Catholic Church is not at all opposed to scientific knowledge, unless it leads someone away from God because of their own short-sightedness. [Here I quoted [URL=“http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/para/159.htm”]CCC 159
] I think he’s talking about the thirst for material things, power, knowledge,etc that does override moral laws.
A: Science never leads towards a god. God is not even part of the equation. Georges [Lemaitre] formed his [Big Bang] theory thinking as an educated scientist and not that of a priest.
What type of knowledge overrides moral law?
How would you respond to the parts I’ve bolded, or any other questions/comments here? I hope it makes sense, I cut some parts out to keep it as brief as possible.