‘I believe in God the Father Almighty…’ That’s how the Creed starts, that’s how we pray it every day, that’s what Christians believe, basing our conviction on Revelation.
The marvelous work of creation goes beyond our capacity of comprehension, consequently, we attribute it without any difficulty to a superior intelligence, to ‘Someone’ entirely superior to us, who shows great magnificence in the act of creation. Briefly described in Genesis, we contemplate creation only amidst the shadows of mystery. However, in recognizing that the universe was made by God, we cannot doubt that it came about according to his wise dispositions, whether it in an instantaneous manner or otherwise. We may admit that the work of the six days was extended for thousands of years, or claim that it lasted one minute. What we cannot do is establish limits to the attribute of God’s omnipotence, which, as the word itself says, can do all things…
You are addressing the highly complex subject of the evolution of the concept of nature. I will not go into the scientific complexity, which you well understand, of this important and crucial question. I only want to underline that God and Christ are walking with us and are also present in nature, as the Apostle Paul stated in his discourse at the Areopagus: “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). When we read the account of Creation in Genesis we risk imagining that God was a magician, complete with an all powerful magic wand
. But that was not so. He created beings and he let them develop according to the internal laws with which He endowed each one, that they might develop, and reach their fullness. He gave autonomy to the beings of the universe at the same time in which He assured them of his continual presence, giving life to every reality. And thus Creation has been progressing for centuries and centuries, millennia and millennia, until becoming as we know it today, precisely because God is not a demiurge or a magician, but the Creator who gives life to all beings.
The beginning of the world was not a work of chaos that owes its origin to another, but derives directly from a supreme Principle who creates out of love. The Big Bang theory, which is proposed today as the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of a divine creator but depends on it. Evolution in nature does not conflict with the notion of Creation, because evolution presupposes the creation of beings who evolve. (Address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, October 27, 2014
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