Science and Religion

Creation and Evolution  on the Science Meets Faith website. Annotated resources from the Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox perspectives.

Science and the Catholic Faith The Canadian Bishops (CCCB), through its Episcopal Commission for Doctrine, has published the document Science and Catholic Faith.  Many people, especially youth, ask, ‘Are science and Catholic faith compatible?’.  This booklet introduces young people to the complementarity between science and Catholic faith.  It includes beautiful and insightful posters illustrating the coherence of faith and reason, as well as prompts for educators to use with students to extend learning.

Faith and Science in Our Catholic Schools  This resource can be a reference for educators seeking to get a general overview of the “hot spot” topics that may arise in class.
It will be useful in supporting educators as they aid students in understanding scientific topics from within a Catholic context. Topics such as evolution, stem cells, genetically modified organisms, and the creation of the universe, are discussed. Each section indicates the specific location in the Ontario Curriculum where the topic may arise, explains what the current scientific understanding tells us about it, and finally discusses the Catholic Church’s specific stance on the topic. There is a great deal of misinformation present online and in our communities about how Catholics view science. Being able to focus in on the Catholic context can provide students with a richer, more complete understanding and appreciation of both the scientific topics and the Church teachings to which they relate. – Catholic Curriculum Corporation

How Did the Universe Begin? Professor Barth Netterfield’s lifelong journey into faith, physics and astronomy. A comic strip version from a University of Toronto scientist that reconciles his faith with his work.

Faith and Science Matters (Novalis) A consideration of the interrelationship between faith and science that illustrates the potential fruitful partnership between the two on contemporary issues.

Confronting misconceptions surrounding Catholic thought on various scientific developments, this collection of essays by leading scholars and educators helps us to understand Catholic teaching. Clear explanations offer us insights and ways to share the wealth of Church teaching on cosmology, creation, evolution, bioethics, ecology and technology.

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences is distinctive in its kind because it is the only supranational academy of sciences in the world. Founded in Rome on 17 August 1603 as the first exclusively scientific academy in the world by Federico Cesi, Giovanni Heck, Francesco Stelluti and Anastasio de Filiis with the name Linceorum Academia, to which Galileo Galilei was appointed member on 25 August 1610, it was reestablished in 1847 by Pius IX with the name Pontificia Accademia dei Nuovi Lincei. It was moved to its current headquarters in the Casina Pio IV in the Vatican Gardens in 1922, and given its current name and statutes by Pius XI in 1936.

Its mission is to honour pure science wherever it may be found, ensure its freedom and encourage research for the progress of science.

Faith and Science: A Catholic  Perspective Links. This is part of the Catholic Perspectives project of the Newman Center at Caltech.

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