The Bishop of Rome has once again opened his mouth about science, this time declaring that science must be accompanied by research in “anthropology, philosophy and theology” to give insight into “man’s own mystery, because no science can say who man is, where he comes from or where he is going”, the Pope said.
Science, of course, has already answered those questions. Thanks to some brave folks (theist and atheist) we know we’re nearly hairless apes who evolved from other primates in a “line” that stretches back billions of years and after a very brief stretch of time we die and and the atoms that make up our bodies go on to make other things.
That the pope and other like minded individuals and groups don’t like those answers means absolutely nothing. Of course, the truth of the matter is theology has lost so much ground over the centuries it’s almost amazing. The ground it lost is now occupied various branches of science.
Theology really has only one factual issue left and that is where life itself came from and the scientists are closing in on the answer to that question. Theology is quite at risk at being the things fairy dust and magic men are made of and is in fact one of humanity’s greatest testaments to the sheer arrogance we are capable of.
Why does the Bishop of Rome rail against (implicitly) godless science? Because various branches of it undermines the theological idea that our species is the center of everything that was, is and ever will be. We cannot be “”respected as the centre of creation” because we are not.
Science has humbled us and it’s essentially kicked theology’s arrogant little ass and one day we may finally get to the point where we look all the theologists in the eye and state in a clear voice:
“Dude, you’re fired.”