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April 26, 2004

Italian anti-evolutionism (it's not always better in Europe!)

It seems that Italy is dropping evolution from primary & middle school curricula. Panda's Thumb points me to this usenet summation. The author seems to have an anti-laissez-faire orientation that suffuses his critique, but neverthless, I think it is interesting to note that the Vatican has made peace with Darwin, but there still remains a feeling of anti-evolutionism among a segment of the Catholic masses.

This to me is an illustration of the layering of Catholic religiosity, in that the elite view tends to be different from the lay view. The ecclesiastical hierarchy is intellectually nimble enough to dovetail new findings in science and the theological superstructure of their faith, but some of the common people within the church have the same difficulties with these issues that Protestant and Muslim fundamentalists do. The only difference is that the Catholic Church embraces both groups within its umbrella, while other religions tend to enter into periodic schism, "resolving" the segmentation among believers.

Posted by razib at 01:04 PM