Fr. Coyne continues his good scientific work by forthrightly stating that Intelligent Design is “absurd.” Catholic blog reception is somewhat mixed. It's amazing to me that those who ridicule geocentricism and the DA Vinci Code aren't self aware enough to realize the difference between those absurdities and ID is one of (only very slight) degree.
The sad part is the instant assumption that Fr. Coyne, a distinguished theologian and scientist appointed as the Vatican astronomer by the Pope, is accorded such disrespect by Catholics. Has he read Behe? a blogger incredulously asks? Of course Fr. Coyne has. It’s the blogger who hasn’t realized how clearly Behe has been discredited. Behe himself conceded at the Dover trial that the ID is as scientific as astrology. Fr. Coyne also considers astrology to be absurd, so Coyne and Behe are in agreement as to the relative scientific merits of ID and astrology. Most Catholic members of St. Blogs parish don’t understand the theological difficulties with ID. They don’t understand they make themselves, and Catholics in general, look as gullible as the DA Vinci Code adherents. Instead, they arrogantly dismiss Fr. Coyne based on their poor grasp of theology and science.
Intelligent Design is the DA Vinci Code equivalent for certain Catholics constrained by a literalist reading of scripture. Robert Sugenis objects to an earlier scientific advance (helicetricism) that he deemed inconsistent with his immature theology. Intelligent Design proponents object to a later scientific advance (evolution) deemed incompatible with their immature understanding of theology.
Just as Sugenis needs to adjust his theology, these Catholics need to allow their own theology to mature. Listen to the Church: “Creation has its own goodness and proper perfection, but it did not spring forth complete from the hands of the Creator. The universe was created "in a state of journeying" (in statu viae) toward an ultimate perfection yet to be attained, to which God has destined it.”
That’s right, as a “work in progress," God's creation evolves.