The pope said something about evolution, and the media freaked out. Find out what he said—and what the Joker thinks about it.
It’s the weekly buzz.
Pope Francis Talks Evolution
What did he say? Check out this short video of Pope Francis for details. You will actually hear him talk!
Elizabeth Dias wrote a great article about all of this for Time: “Sorry, But Media Coverage of Pope Francis is Papal Bull.” She explains that he just affirmed what Catholics have accepted for a long time:
Anyone who knows anything about Catholic history knows that a statement like this is nothing new. Pope Pius XII wrote an encyclical “Humani Generis” in 1950 affirming that there was no conflict between evolution and Catholic faith. Pope John Paul II reaffirmed that, stressing that evolution was more than a hypothesis, in 1996. Pope Benedict XVI hosted a conference on the nuances of creation and evolution in 2006.
For the best analysis, though, check out the Joker’s thoughts.
New Pew Article About Evolution & Religion
After the commotion over Pope Francis’s words, Pew Research Center weighed in. They reiterated what Dias, Francke, and the Joker said about the Roman Catholic Church and evolution. Pew included the poll below, which looks at overall acceptance of evolution in the United States.
Pew also featured another fascinating poll. This one, below, shows that White evangelical Protestants are more skeptical of evolution than any other major religious group.
Do any of these poll results surprise you?
Tim Keller’s Book on Prayer Comes out Tuesday
A Trailer for Eric Metaxas’s Miracles
Metaxas’s book came out last week, and so did a hilarious trailer for it. This is easily the funniest book trailer I’ve ever seen. Is that a high bar? No. But this short video is still worth your time.