Monday, April 17, 2006

Talk About Your "Language-Borrowing"

After a year in which battles over intelligent design have marked the news, the Pope used a very curious schema in his Easter Vigil homily which wasn't widely picked up on....

Saying that "Christ's Resurrection is something more, something different" than the simple return of a corpse to life, Benedict XVI illustrated it thus:
If we may borrow the language of the theory of evolution, [the Resurrection] is the greatest "mutation", absolutely the most crucial leap into a totally new dimension that there has ever been in the long history of life and its development: a leap into a completely new order which does concern us, and concerns the whole of history.
And where will this be in the anniversary coverage...? The passage is illustrative of one of this pontificate's defining threads.