Rediscovering the Relationship Between Faith and Science
By David Romanik
Though the relationship between science and religion has sometimes been tense, the fact is that both are honest attempts to understand our place in the universe. During the month of October, our Adult Forums will explore the interplay of science and religion in a series entitled Reconcilable Differences: Rediscovering the Relationship Between Faith and Science. We will hear from speakers from our parish and throughout the area who will help us find the common ground between these two indispensable ways of searching for meaning. All forums will meet on Sunday mornings at 10:30 in Room 1-2-3 of the Parish House.
Sunday, October 4
Working at the subtle edge: the intersection of science and religion
To do theology, William James said, is to work at the subtle edge of things, at the place where words and thoughts expire. Science, too, walks a subtle edge between what we know and what we can describe. It pushes language and mathematics in its attempt to express what we understand about the universe. In the end, are these two ways of looking at the universe inherently incompatible? What can science and faith tell each other? Edges are often perilous places; what are the risks of working at this subtle edge? Join Michelle Francl, professor of chemistry at Bryn Mawr College, as she explores these questions.
Sunday, October 11
Teilhard’s Mysticism: Seeing the Inner Face of Evolution
In an early essay, Teilhard de Chardin describes the natural root and stages of his spiritual growth in terms of five concentric circles. During his life, these circles continue to provide him with stepping stones into an ever deepening mystical life. They plot his growth and development as he spirals ever more deeply into the heart of matter, where he eventually finds himself within the very heart of God. Dr. Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, professor of physics at Chestnut Hill College, will lead us through these circles and explore how Teilhard’s experience can open our hearts to the wonders of our universe and to the Divine Presence that dwells there.
Sunday, October 18
Faith in the Arcade
Video games have become a ubiquitous part of our culture and we are only beginning to understand their implications. Join video game designer Charles Amis as he discusses these important cultural touchstones, and considers how they might be an authentic element of the Christian life.
Sunday, October 25
Reflections on Fossils and Faith
Join Peter Dodson, dinosaur paleontologist at the University of Pennsylvania, as he discusses the two pillars of his career: dinosaur paleontology and his Christian faith. In his work as a scientist and evolutionary biologist, Dr. Dodson affirms that we do not have to choose between faith in God and faith in science. He knows that God’s works are trustworthy. Truth cannot contradict truth. As Darwin noted, there is grandeur in this view of life.