Category Archives: Reason and Faith

Feast of St. Albert the Great (November 15): Patron Saint of Scientists

Today is the Feast of St. Albert the Great who, along with St. Dominic, are the patron Saints of scientists.  In honor of this Feast Day, I am going to restate much of what I wrote on August on the Feast Day … Continue reading

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Vatican Hosting Multi-Discliplinary Conferences on the Beginning and the End of the Universe

The Vatican is hosting another conference on the intersection of faith and science, this time on the scientific, philosophical and theological intersections of the Big Bang and the end of the universe. This conference follows up on the conference last … Continue reading

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Dan Burke and Accuracy on Teilhard de Chardin

“By now, no one would dream of saying that [Teilhard] is a heterodox author who shouldn’t be studied” – Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman (July 2009). [Editor’s Note: This posting is in response to a recent article by Dan Burke in National … Continue reading

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Neutrinos, IceCube, South Pole and Wisconsin

What do Neutrinos, Ice Cube, South Pole and Wisconsin have in common? All of the above are components of one of the most interesting current scientific experiments to detect particles from shortly after the Big Bang. From a personal perspective, … Continue reading

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Creeping Creationism in Latin America?

“An important function of theology is that of keeping religion linked to reason, and reason, to religion. Both these functions are of essential importance to humanity. . . [T]here exist pathologies of religion and – not less dangerous – pathologies … Continue reading

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Intersection of Faith and Science: Vatican Astronomer Guy Consolmagno, S.J. (More Interviews)

One of my favorite speakers is Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J. Consolmagno is an M.I.T. graduate and research astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory. Consolmagno has served on the governing boards of the Meteoritical Society; the International Astronomical Union’s (IAU) Division III, Planetary Systems Science (secretary, 2000 … Continue reading

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Consciousness, the Mind and the Wonder of the Human Person

“There are two absolutely unpredictable happenings in the story of the cosmos. The first was the origin of life, the second the origin of the mind.” — John C. Eccles, Nobel Prize, Medicine, 1963 “How the Self Controls Its Brain”, p. 167 For the past … Continue reading

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The Higgs Boson and The Divine Milieu

“In him we live and move and have our being.” — Acts 17:28, St. Paul speaking at the Areopagus “The consistency of matter that enables it to act so decisively on the human body requires the existence of a universal … Continue reading

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Continuing Education in Faith and Science: From Big Bang to Dark Energy

I am not a scientist. However, as a Christian I have an interest in science for several reasons. First, I am fascinated in the discoveries that science can tell us about our physical universe and ultimately about God the Creator … Continue reading

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Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

“Faith minus vulnerability and mystery equals extremism. If you’ve got all the answers, then don’t call what you do faith.” — Dr. Brené Brown I recently did  a post on Jean Vanier and the L’Arche program on the wisdom of tenderness … Continue reading

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