There are some things that just don’t go together. And it is something like a generally accepted fact that science and religion belong on that list. They don’t mix. In a recent study of both practicing Catholic Young Adult between the ages of 20-30 and former Catholic Young Adults of the same age, one thing that they all had in common: is that they believe science and religion ultimately conflict with one another. They All think that. And that study represents the norm, rather than the exception.
If there is a place for religion it is assumed that it is a place that steers clear of science. Or so it seems. We want to re-examine this apparent certainty. So we are launching a short series on Church Life Today, in which we will talk with Catholic Scientist about science and religion. About questions of faith and reason. And even about the vocation and witness of Catholics who are drawn to the scientific fields with the mission to engage in a serious inquiry alongside which the faith of the church requires no apology.
Our First guest in this series is Dr. Stephen Barr, professor of physics at the University of Delaware. You might not have read some of his notable research publications like ‘Minimality Conditions and Atmospheric neutrino Oscillations’ or ‘The Search for a Permanent Electric Dipole Moment’, but you may have run across some of his VERY popular and important books like ‘Modern Physics and Ancient Faith’, ‘Science and Religion: The Myth of Conflict’ or ‘The Believing Scientist: Essays on Science and Religion’.
Dr. Barr obtained his Ph.D. at Princeton University and is a fellow of the American Physical Society. He is also a founding member, and the current president, of the rapidly growing Society of Catholic Scientist. Which brings together leading scientist from all over the globe, who seek to answer the call of St. John Paul II, to “Integrate the worlds of science and religion in their own intellectual and spiritual lives”
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