Faith and Science: The Language of God

Posted by Chris Baglow on Jul 7, 2020 7:03:00 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)

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Topics: creation, faith and reason, science and religion

Faith & Science: Newton's Laws & Flaws

Posted by Chris Baglow on Jun 16, 2020 5:41:16 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)

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Topics: Theology, creation, faith and reason, science and religion, Isaac Newton

Faith & Science: The Miracle of the Resurrection and Science

Posted by Chris Baglow on Jun 2, 2020 9:17:04 AM

Editorial Note: This post is part of our #FaithAndScience series exploring the relationship between science and religion.

Considering the Resurrection of Christ with modern science as a backdrop helps us look upon the mystery of the Resurrection with fresh eyes. From the perspective of physics, the Resurrection is the elevation of matter to a new way of existing beyond what is possible in the normal state of the universe. From the perspective of biology, the man Jesus belongs totally to the sphere of the divine and eternal. Now “in” God there is a place for bodiliness, which means that human beings now have a “place” in God’s life. 

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Topics: faith and reason, Resurrection, science, science and religion

Faith & Science: The Human Soul and Science

Posted by Stacy A. Trasancos on May 18, 2020 10:09:00 PM

Editorial Note: This post is part of our #FaithAndScience series exploring the relationship between science and religion.

A scientist assesses reality through the senses, prodding here, poking there, testing everywhere. Variables are isolated, rates recorded, masses measured, and constants calculated, all to discover how to master atoms and their particles. The scientist is both an explorer in the wild hacking through frontiers and an artisan lifting a delicate veil. Omnipresent in the mysteries of science is the rational soul of the human person, the image and likeness of the triune God, uniting the spiritual and the physical, praising its Creator. The human soul with the faculties of intellect and will depends on the corporeal senses to input data, as any scientist knows, but the synthesis of that data into relationships and theories is performed in the higher thought of abstraction. In Catholic teaching, faith and reason go hand in hand.

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Topics: faith and reason, science, science and religion, materialism

Faith & Science: On God and the Problem of Evil

Posted by Daniel Kuebler on May 4, 2020 2:18:00 PM

Editorial Note: This post is part of our #FaithAndScience series exploring the relationship between science and religion

The fact that nature is “red in tooth and claw,” to borrow a famous line from Tennyson, can create an apparent conflict between evolution and Divine Providence. The seemingly arbitrary death and destruction that is inherent in the evolutionary process can be hard to reconcile with a providential loving God. Even a cursory glance at the evolutionary timeline indicates that our current state has been shaped by numerous violent environmental upheavals: floods, meteor impacts, volcanic eruptions, plagues, famines, etc. In particular, the natural evils that humanity has dealt with during the past 300,000 years of our collective existence raise many difficult existential questions.

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Topics: Cross, faith and reason, science and religion, providence, good and evil

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