Jesuit Professor Devotes His Career to Both Faith and Science

Fr. George Coyne, S.J.

Fr. George Coyne, S.J.

The site had a great profile on Fr. George Coyne, S.J., former Director of the Vatican Observatory.  You can read the full article here, but set forth below is an excerpt:

“As a man of faith, Jesuit Father George Coyne joined the Jesuits in 1951, studied theology and became a priest. As a man of science, he earned a doctorate in astronomy and became an expert on close binary star systems and Seyfert galaxies. Then for almost three decades, he found the perfect meeting of faith and science at the Vatican Observatory.

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“We [Fr. Coyne and Pope John Paull II] spent 28 years together. From the very first year of his papacy, John Paul II showed a very keen interest in advancing the scientific work of the Vatican Observatory and especially in promoting the dialogue between science and religious faith,” Fr. Coyne said.”

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You can also listen to an interview with Fr. Coyne and Brother Guy Consolmagno by Krista Tippett’s OnBeing radio program titled “Asteroids, Stars and the Love of God“.

About William Ockham

I am a father of two with eclectic interests in theology, philosophy and sports. I chose the pseudonym William Ockham in honor of his contributions to philosophy, specifically Occam's Razor, and its contributions to modern scientific theory. My blog ( explores Ignatian Spirituality and the intersection of faith, science and reason through the life and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (pictured above).
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2 Responses to Jesuit Professor Devotes His Career to Both Faith and Science

  1. claire46 says:

    Thank you for this. I look forward to spending time with the article and the interview 🙂

    • Thank you Claire. I really enjoyed the On Point interview with Krista Tippett. If you have time, I would recommend the unedited version which is approximately 90 minutes. Ms. Tippett is a fantastic interviewer and Fr. Coyne and Brother Consolmagno are very funny and insightful. The unedited version gives greater insights into their personalities.

      Hope you have a wonderful week!

      W. Ockham

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