Vatican paper raps â..intelligent designâ..

The Vatican newspaper has published an article saying â..intelligent designâ. is not science and that teaching it alongside evolutionary theory in school classrooms only creates confusion.
The article in Tuesdayâ..s editions of Lâ..Osservatore Romano was the latest in a series of interventions by Vatican officials â.. including the pope â.. on the issue that has dominated headlines in the United States.
The author, Fiorenzo Facchini, a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Bologna, laid out the scientific rationale for Charles Darwinâ..s theory of evolution, saying that in the scientific world, biological evolution â..represents the interpretative key of the history of life on Earth.â.
He lamented that certain American â..creationistsâ. had brought the debate back to the â..dogmaticâ. 1800s, and said their arguments werenâ..t science but ideology.
â..This isnâ..t how science is done,â. he wrote. â..If the model proposed by Darwin is deemed insufficient, one should look for another, but itâ..s not correct from a methodological point of view to take oneself away from the scientific field pretending to do science.â.
Intelligent design â..doesnâ..t belong to science and the pretext that it be taught as a scientific theory alongside Darwinâ..s explanation is unjustified,â. he wrote.
â..It only creates confusion between the scientific and philosophical and religious planes.”
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