The Vatican says Evolution does not prove the non-existence of God and in doing so also says that the biblical creation story and the theory of evolution are compatible.
Mmm, well. I would say that I totally disagree with that assertion.
The theory of evolution describes how lots of small changes in populations over an extremely long period of time have led to the formation of the different species that exist today and have existed in the past.
The biblical account of creation has, at it’s heart, the story of how god created a man from the dust of the earth and woman from the man’s rib. The creation story also describes the process of creating the heaven’s, the earth, the birds and the animals, etc., as taking place during the course of 6 days.
The theory of evolution is supported by an overwhelming amount of scientific evidence gathered over the 150 years since Darwin proposed the theory. That’s in addition to the preceding evidence collected by Darwin and others prior to the theory’s inception. Therefore evolution currently offers the best explanation of how we came to be.
There is no evidence to support the story of creation other than the bible’s own anecdotal account.
By no stretch of rational thought are these ideas compatible.
Of course, the fact of the theory of evolution does not demolish the bible’s message about love, charity, compassion and generally being good to each other.
Nor does the theory of evolution disprove the existence of god. But as Richard Dawkins has actually said:
Most people, I believe, think that you need a God to explain the existence of the world, and especially the existence of life. They are wrong, but our education system is such that many people don’t know it.
The theory of evolution provides a scientific, rational, evidence-based explanation which demonstrates how life has evolved without the will or guiding hand of a creator. This is one reason why I consider the existence of any god to be highly unlikely.