The Pope has clarified the Church’s views on evolution:
Benedict defended what is known as ‘theistic evolution,’ the view held by Roman Catholic, Orthodox and mainline Protestant churches that God created life through evolution and religion and science need not clash over this.
The Discovery Institute – which despite claims to nonreligion, relies heavily on religious pronouncements for support – says “don’t read too much into media spin,” and quotes Privileged Planet backer Jay Richards:
This issue is just not that complicated, despite the sociological pressures to keep the fog machines going at all times. Either (some or all) of the history and complexity of life are the product of design or they’re not. Either that design is discernible or it’s not. Evolution is either purely random or it’s not. Not even God can direct an undirected process.
As Einstein argued against quantum mechanics by claiming “God does not play dice,” Neils Bohr is reported to have told Einstein, “Stop telling God what to do.” The same goes for Jay Richards and the rest of the Discovery crew.
On a less esoteric note, the suggestion that completely random processes can’t be directed is wrong. While each subatomic particle in a baseball is governed by the randomness of quantum mechanics (Einstein lost that fight), a baseball player can still predict what will happen after he throws the ball. Random processes, in aggregate, are predictable.
You don’t have to bind those random agents together with atomic forces to make that happen. If you systematically limit the range over which the randomness can vary, for instance through selection based on consistent criteria, you can influence the process as a whole. That’s what natural selection is all about, and it’s why no one claims evolution is a completely random process. This surprises no one but creationists.