A local Anglican church has added its support to a series of conferences on evolution and creation at the Vatican.
A series of conferences regarding the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's 'Origin of Species' is due to be held by the Vatican.
The subject of the conferences is the compatibility of evolution and creation.
Scientists, philosophers and theologians from all around the world will come together in Rome to discuss Darwin's theory of evolution and Catholic teaching.
Reverend Robin Harger of St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Bournemouth said that the Vatican's attitude is not surprising.
"The Christian belief is absolutely compatible with the theory of evolution. Christians should never be afraid of truth," he added.
"Theology is exploring religious beliefs while science is exploring facts."
In the past has been hostile to Darwin because his theory appeared to conflict with the account of creation, in the Book of Genesis.
However, John Cresswell of Bournemouth Natural Science Society does not agree with Rev Harger.
Mr Cresswell said: "Personally, I can not accept Genesis as a scientist and also as a historian.
"I see Genesis as an earlier belief made up of mythology. Babylonians and Sumerians used to believe it." he added.
However, Robin Harger said that Genesis and evolution are "not about the same thing." He suggests that evolution theory explains how man developed while "Genesis explains why it happened."