Faith and Science: The First Creation Narrative in Genesis

Posted by Chris Baglow on Mar 23, 2020 8:57:58 AM

Editorial Note: This post is part of our #FaithAndScience series exploring the relationship between science and religion, and is adapted from the author's textbook Faith, Science, & Reason: Theology on the Cutting Edge, 2nd edition (Midwest Theological Forum, 2019)

The Catholic Church offers an approach to the authority and truth of the Bible that does not lead to conflict between faith and science but that helps us understand the deepest meaning of the world God created. It is necessarily a “both-and” approach, one that respects the fact that Scripture contains both divine and human aspects. Let's summarize this approach briefly:

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Topics: creation, faith and reason, science and religion, Scripture

Faith and Science: Acknowledging God as the Creator

Posted by Chris Baglow on Mar 9, 2020 3:17:21 PM

Editorial Note: This post is part of our #FaithAndScience series exploring the relationship between science and religion, and is adapted from the author's textbook Faith, Science, & Reason: Theology on the Cutting Edge, 2nd edition (Midwest Theological Forum, 2019)

What do you mean when you call God the Creator? When it comes to science and religion, this is the number one question I wish people would ask. Both skeptics and believers all assume that for God to create is half about infinite power and half about some kind of occult engineering. This is why so many believers get excited about ‘God of the Gaps’ arguments like Intelligent Design Theory, making God a ‘how’ explanation for natural phenomena that they think science can’t explain. They conceive of God as something of a hybrid who is part magician, part mechanic, and part micromanager of complex processes. The idea that love is the driving force behind the universe—its reason for being as well as its meaning, never enters their minds.

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Topics: creation, faith and reason, Nicene Creed, science and religion

Faith and Science: Different Perspectives on One Universe

Posted by Chris Baglow on Feb 24, 2020 7:35:00 PM

Editorial Note: this post is part of our #FaithAndScience series exploring the relationship between science and religion, and is taken from the author's textbook Faith, Science, & Reason: Theology on the Cutting Edge, 2nd edition (Midwest Theological Forum, 2019)This excerpt is reprinted here with the permission of the publisher.

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Topics: Theology, faith and reason, science and religion

Faith & Science: The Foundation of a Catholic Approach to Science

Posted by Chris Baglow on Feb 10, 2020 7:45:00 PM

Editorial Note: this post is part of our #FaithAndScience series exploring the relationship between science and religion, and is taken from the author's textbook Faith, Science, & Reason: Theology on the Cutting Edge, 2nd edition (Midwest Theological Forum, 2019). This excerpt is reprinted here with the permission of the publisher.

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Topics: Theology, faith and reason, science and religion

Miracles at the Crossroads of Faith and Science

Posted by Chris Baglow on Jan 29, 2020 10:33:45 AM

Editorial Note: This post is the first in our #FaithAndScience series which will be published twice a month over the next several months. Follow along with us as we address topics such as the human soul, evolution, and others.

Nearly every New Orleans Catholic I know has walked it at least once—the Nine Church Walk on Good Friday. This six-mile-long Creole Calvary leads hundreds, even thousands of the faithful across the ankle-spraining peaks of aged sidewalks, past ornate Acadian-style houses and sprawling oak trees, through the heart-piercing alleys of city poverty, under the shadow of downtown skyscrapers, and into the heart of the French Quarter. It’s a path I’ve traversed in prayer and fasting for decades, for many years taking turns carrying each of my children on my shoulders over terrain that bests even the best baby strollers.

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Topics: faith and reason, Miracles, science and religion

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