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Faith and Science

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“Though faith is above reason, there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason. Since the same God who reveals mysteries and infuses faith has bestowed the light of reason on the human mind, God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever contradict truth.” “Consequently, methodical research in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never conflict with the faith, because the things of the world and the things of faith derive from the same God. The humble and persevering investigator of the secrets of nature is being led, as it were, by the hand of God in spite of himself, for it is God, the conserver of all things, who made them what they are.” 159 Catechism of the Catholic Church

Last week after mass and compline on Wednesday, St. John Cantius hosted Dr. Thomas E. Woods, Jr. author of “How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization” (get a free chapter here.) It was a brief talk but an important one. Some believe that the Church is and always has been antagonistic towards the explorations of science. In fact, the opposite is true. The Church has indeed encouraged and propagated the discipline of science.

The Catholic Church is not perfect… but a lot of people make hasty generalizations, when trying to apply a few examples they think prove that the Church is anti-science (such as the Galileo Controversy).

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