Pope’s Easter message: ‘In the beginning is freedom’

Happy Easter! To my astonishment, the Huffington Post published this:

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI marked the holiest night of the year for Christians by stressing that humanity isn’t a random product of evolution.

Benedict emphasized the Biblical account of creation in his Easter Vigil homily Saturday, saying it was wrong to think at some point “in some tiny corner of the cosmos there evolved randomly some species of living being capable of reasoning and of trying to find rationality within creation, or to bring rationality into it.”

“If man were merely a random product of evolution in some place on the margins of the universe, then his life would make no sense or might even be a chance of nature,” he said. “But no, reason is there at the beginning: creative, divine reason.”

HuffPo then goes off track, so let’s go directly to the Holy Father’s homily: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/homilies/2011/documents/hf_ben-xvi_hom_20110423_veglia-pasquale_en.html

Here’s a lovely excerpt: “In the opening words of his Gospel, Saint John sums up the essential meaning of that account in this single statement: ‘In the beginning was the Word.’ In effect, the creation account that we listened to earlier is characterized by the regularly recurring phrase: ‘And God said …’ The world is a product of the Word, of the Logos, as Saint John expresses it, using a key term from the Greek language. ‘Logos‘ means ‘reason,’ ‘sense,’ ‘word.’ It is not reason pure and simple, but creative Reason, that speaks and communicates itself. It is Reason that both is and creates sense. The creation account tells us, then, that the world is a product of creative Reason. Hence it tells us that, far from there being an absence of reason and freedom at the origin of all things, the source of everything is creative Reason, love, and freedom. Here we are faced with the ultimate alternative that is at stake in the dispute between faith and unbelief: are irrationality, lack of freedom and pure chance the origin of everything, or are reason, freedom and love at the origin of being? Does the primacy belong to unreason or to reason? This is what everything hinges upon in the final analysis. As believers we answer, with the creation account and with Saint John, that in the beginning is reason. In the beginning is freedom. Hence it is good to be a human person.”

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One thought on “Pope’s Easter message: ‘In the beginning is freedom’

  1. He reasons that if we ignore Gods role as creator as recited at the beginning of the Credo then the whole history of salvation becomes too limited and too small..He further draws a link to the Churchs concern for the created order. John s testimony that In the beginning was the Word Logos also meaning reason.

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