Is the Church Anti-Science?

With spring now in full bloom and the wonder and beauty of God’s creation unfurling before our eyes, the words of the Psalmist come to mind:

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you have established; what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? . . . O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:3-4,9).

File:213034main kes 75 226.jpgWe are blessed with faith to see the display of God’s power in nature, but what about those in our culture who would seek to distract us from this reality? What about those, especially in the scientific community, who would use their knowledge to try to undermind the truths that are “written” into nature? What about those who automatically check any potential openness to a Creator outside their laboratory door?

Sounds like St. Paul knew exactly what he was talking about in Romans 1:20-21 when he said, “Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse; for although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened.” Prescient, to say the least.

Why do faith and science have to be at odds? Is the Catholic Church the great enemy of science?

If you’ve bought into the myths about the Church and science (or if you find yourself hopelessly addicted to those History Channel shows that may or may not be accurate!), the new Catholic Courses lecture series “Seven Myths about the Catholic Church and Science” will answer all your answers with incontrovertible evidence. Dr. Benjamin Wiker presents lectures dispelling common myths such as

  • “The Church Has Always Been at War With Science”,
  • “The Church Rejects Evolution”
  • and “Human Life is the Result of Chemical Accident.”

Dr. Wiker’s lecture series is just one of many great resources from Catholic Courses. The 30 minute sessions are perfect for those who want to learn more but don’t have a lot of time for study. For more information click here.

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