Worshipping at the church of the counter-intuitive

Just when I thought the world couldn’t get any more strange and illogical than it already is, I spy this:

Creationism dismissed as ‘a kind of paganism’ by Vatican’s astronomer

By IAN JOHNSTON

BELIEVING that [tag]God[/tag] created the [tag]universe[/tag] in six days is a form of superstitious [tag]paganism[/tag], the [tag]Vatican[/tag] astronomer Guy Consolmagno claimed yesterday.

Brother Consolmagno, who works in a Vatican observatory in Arizona and as curator of the Vatican meteorite collection in Italy, said a “destructive myth” had developed in modern society that religion and science were competing ideologies.

He described creationism, whose supporters want it taught in schools alongside evolution, as a “kind of paganism” because it harked back to the days of “nature gods” who were responsible for natural events.

Brother Consolmagno argued that the [tag]Christian[/tag] God was a supernatural one, a belief that had led the clergy in the past to become involved in science to seek natural reasons for phenomena such as thunder and lightning, which had been previously attributed to vengeful gods. “Knowledge is dangerous, but so is ignorance. That’s why science and religion need to talk to each other,” he said.

Wow, who knew? That wacky [tag]Catholic Church[/tag].

I must give credit where credit is due; I first heard about this article at the blog of one my favorite authors, Caitlín R. Kiernan.