The rift between religion and science has always widened in antithetical directions. Men of religion most often challenge explanations provided by science and claim them to be utter bullshit, and some of the scientific honchos go about challenging the theory of religion and the existence of God!

However, twisted as the world is, both religion and science influence us deeply but are generally looked at in isolation. But Pope Francis is of a different opinion.

This man of God believes that scientific theory is not inconsistent with the idea of a creator and instead argued that it was required.

“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. He also added that “He (God) created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfilment.”

The catholic church has always been known for its conservative reputation ever since Galileo was executed for his discovery that the earth revolves around the sun, but Pope Francis’ outlook is much like Pope Pius XII, who opened the door to the idea of evolution and actively welcomed the Big Bang theory.

“The Big Bang, which today we hold to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator but, rather, requires it. Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve,” said the Pope at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

In the face of growing religious fanaticism, when religion happens to be connected with violence so often the Pope made comments which experts said put an end to the “pseudo theories” of creationism and intelligent design.

A fresh outlook of religion propagating acceptance and peace. Hats off to a truly progressive Pope!