Kansas board, pope challenge evolution

Inroads for intelligent design
The Kansas State Board of Education approved, in a 6-4 vote, textbook standards that question evolution and redefine science to embrace other than natural explanations.

The next day, Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed creation as the driving force of the universe, describing the natural world as an “intelligent project” and rejecting scientific thought that regards the history of the universe as random and directionless.

The Kansas school board action and the pope’s remarks on evolution came on November 8 and 9 respectively. The timing was enough to make some scientists wonder whether the pope was attempting to move the church closer to advocates of “intelligent design,” who contend that nature is so complex that it must have been influenced by divine guidance.


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