The Center for Catholic Studies

Science and Faith: Exploring the Relationship  

science religion x320The Center for Catholic Studies in collaboration with the Science and Religion Initiative at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, is pleased to offer a professional development day for Science and Religion Teachers in Catholic Schools. With keynotes and breakout sessions facilitated by distinguished scholars, this event seeks to provide teachers in Catholic Schools an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and comfort level of discussing the relationship between faith and science.

In an effort to be a resource for the local Church and community, the Center for Catholic Studies launched this initiative in hopes of making it an annual event. Though often misunderstood as conflicting areas, science and religion are complementary. Many scientific breakthroughs have come at the hands of devout Catholics, clergy, and religious brothers and sisters. A longstanding pillar of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, dialogue between faith and science opens the door to exploring the unknown and grasping at the mysteries of God’s creation.

According the the McGrath Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame, Catholic Tradition holds that there are two "Books of God:" the Book of Nature and the Book of Scripture, both of which point to and reveal the invisible God who is both transcendent to and immanent in the world. Despite the complementarity accorded to faith and reason in Catholic Tradition, the modern period has been marked by conflict and misunderstanding that has polarized science and religion.

Topics explored during the day include faith and reason: "How and Why," "Catholic Academic Integration," "Good Science and Science for the Human Good: One and the same?," and "The Galileo Affair." Additionally, with a special track tailored for teachers in elementary settings, this day offers teachers at all levels the opportunity to learn about this important topic.

This event takes place on Friday, November 4th, 2022 from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. and includes light breakfast, presentations, Mass, lunch, and opportunities for discussion.

Categories: Faith and Service