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Pope Benedict, Stephen Hawking: Science and Religion and CNN

Could CNN have done a worse job of reporting. I have numbered the first three, single sentence paragraphs.

  1. Stephen Hawking is wrong, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday – God did create the universe.
  2. The pope didn’t actually mention the world-famous scientist, who argues in a book published last month that the laws of physics show there is no need for a supreme being to have brought the world into existence.
  3. In fact, Benedict specifically praised – and blessed – science and scientists in an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Paragraph 2 corrects paragraph 1. Paragraph 3, which should have been the lede since that is what the story is really about. But a bit of the ways down the page the editors of CNN tried to create a disagreement by revisiting the now tired story about Stephen Hawking’s book, which, while great, had nothing to do with the what the pope was talking about.

This was followed by well over a thousand comments proving that no one who believes in God can convince an Atheist otherwise or that an Atheist can convince a believer to not believe. Half of the comments on both sides of the debate were meaningless. Good show CNN!

I have no problem with what Hawking proposes and nonetheless unwaveringly believing in God. Am I the only one? Read  Pope praises science, but insists God created world – CNN Belief Blog – Blogs

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