The Rev. George V. Coyne on the Universe

"[I]intelligent design – the notion that there is empirical evidence for the existence of an intelligent agent beyond nature – actually belittles God by requiring divine action to explain unresolved questions about the material world."

- The Rev. George V. Coyne, as quoted in an AAAS news release

The director of the Vatican Observatory, the Rev. George V. Coyne, recently came across as a refreshingly right-on guy at a lecture he delivered to astrobiologists at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting. Coyne – a Jesuit priest with a PhD in astronomy and a comet named after him – also spoke of how the universe could only have been created by random processes, and of how his religious faith co-exists quite comfortably with his scientific pursuits.

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