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Science and Religion: Can they Work?

August 7, 2017

Hi Everyone!



I pray you all have a great start to this new chapter in your life known as high school! Same for our juniors and seniors! 


I'm happy to announce that youth group has its own official podcast! You can check it out in the Downloads section! 


Here are the notes and charts I talked about from last night. 


  • Philosophical

    • Intro to St. Thomas (Talk a little about who he was)

    • His Definitions

      • Faith, by its nature implies a certainty and belief in things we can’t really see. It’s not believing in something against what we see physically (science), but it’s believing in things beyond them.

      • Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange: Faith is like the sun, and science a candle; nothing needs to prevent the sun or candle shedding light on the same object.

    • The 5 Arguments of God

      • 1. Argument of Motion: Our senses tell us that some things are in motion and they change in location and temperature. They go from what’s possible to what’s actual; when something does that, it means that something (outside of itself) caused this change.

      • 2. Effects: Think about Dominos; if they are all stacked up, someone has to knock them down, they can’t knock themselves over.

      • 3. Being: Things in nature are possible to be or not (things come into existence and die). If everything is like this, then nothing existed (someone had to create it). So things that exist are not only possible of existing, but also needed.

      • 4. Perfection: Everyone can be awesome, but there are degrees of awesomeness. Each level reflects God in a specific way.

      • 5. Purpose: Everyone and everything has one. Whether we realize it or not, we are striving to be with God (in one way or another).

    • Here’s another reason why people can’t see faith and reason together: Sin

      • Sin is against what we consider to be reasonable and true (even though in our mind it makes sense). (CCC, 1849)

      • Science is not really the problem, but materialism

        • We have free will and natural will (earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.)

  • History

    • In the 400s, Christians were being hit by scientists left and right with some scientists (e.g. Copernicus, Newton, Darwin) and discoveries in astrophysics and neuroscience. It didn’t get much better with the Enlightenment (and the prejudices that existed between Protestants and Catholics).

    • 1600-1700s: With the Scientific Revolution, you had people such as Copernicus, Galileo (both were Catholic), Boyle, De Carte and others.

    • The Church has learned to show how people could see they work together.

      • It’s the Church’s job to work in brining faith and science together, and many of its founders were priests and religious. 

        • Steno à Founder of Geology

        • Riccioli à Discovered the 1st Binary star and created the first map of moon. 

        • Spallanzani à Biology

        • Cavalieri à Calculus

        • Bolzano à Modern Math

        • Lemaitre à Big Bang (actually met with Einstein to sell it)

  • Scientific

    • The Church actually came up with the University System and Scientific Method

    • Theory of Relativity (1916)

      • When Einstein met with Fr. Lemaitre, he had a hard time believing in the Big Bang; after meeting it was accepted, and we have tons of evidence of life beginning 14 billion years ago.

    • Nature:

      • If you look at the Solar System, you can see there’s a cosmic order; even Einstein said that there were things in his theory he couldn’t figure out.

      • Anthropic Coincidences

        • Dr. Barr: We have these happen all the time, and if things didn’t have a purpose in nature then atoms couldn’t be stable to create things, hydrogen would be radioactive, and if there were less than 3 dimensions, things would be unstable.

      • We can’t really predict what will happen, but we can through probability.

        • Girdle’s Theorem (1931)

          • The core of this theory is that there is more to math than set rules and mechanics; we’re not machines.






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