Pope Francis has shared his thoughts on the origins of humanity, saying the Big Bang theory does not contradict traditional Catholic teachings.
In fact, Pope Francis says, the role of God demands the notion of a cosmic explosion.
In an address to the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Monday, the Pope said the Big Bang Theory and the notion of evolution could coexist with religion.
“When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said.
“God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life … evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”
The Big Bang theory is the theory that the universe began with a cosmological expansion 13.8 billion years ago.
According to the Pope, this moment of creation was not merely a “work of chaos” but rather all part of a divine plan by the Creator.