I have already addressed this--in my estimation, they were slow to accept it because A) it was not sufficiently proven for nearly a century, B) the Church is made up of men, and after the stink of the whole thing, they were loathe to admit fault, as any man is.
You say "Church" dogma like it was only the Church in opposition to Galileo--Protestants as well as his fellow scientists, astronomers, and mathematicians were by and large opposed to it. They weren't so much holding to "dogma" as they were holding to "accepted scientific fact."
Read a book--starting with How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, and you will see how WRONG your comment about "anti-science zealots" actually is. Seriously. Read it. Educate yourself.
And the Church hasn't "accepted" evolution. It has just said it is not incompatible with the story of creation or the idea that God implemented it. If evolution is removed from the realm of Divine Inspiration then the Church DOES NOT accept it.
posted on 01/25/2006 12:10:47 PM PST
they were slow to accept it because A) it was not sufficiently proven for nearly a century, B) the Church is made up of men, and after the stink of the whole thing, they were loathe to admit fault, as any man is.
Exactly. That in no way contradicts what I said.
They were loathe to admit that church dogma was incorrect. Even when it was shown to be incorrect, the men who make up the Church and set its policy took hundreds of years to admit that the Church's position was wrong.
posted on 01/25/2006 12:53:51 PM PST
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