Science and the Church--"Truth Cannot Contradict Truth"
Last updated on 2017-01-07
About the Book
Fatjer Robert Spitzer, S.J.,Ph.D., President of the Magis Center, has this to say about "Science versus the Church":
"A physicist, Dr. Robert Kurland, responds to six supposed conflicts between science and the Catholic Church in this illuminating, easy-to-understand, well-illustrated volume. These conflicts concern historical figures (e.g. Galileo), creation ex nihilo, universal design, evolution, a transphysical soul, and miracles. Kurland not only shows that there is no conflict between contemporary science and the teachings of the Catholic Church, but also reveals the omissions, misunderstandings, and errors of those who contend that there is. In so doing, he sheds considerable light on the scientific, philosophical, and theological nuances of these six complex issues as well as the serendipitous complementarity between reason and revelation. I recommend this book particularly to those who find themselves confused by recent false allegations of a contradiction between science and faith. [emphasis added]"
Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D.
Author – New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy
CHAPTER 1 Ways of Knowing 7
SECTION 1.1 INTRODUCTION 7
SECTION 1.2 FAITH AND REVELATION 8
SECTION 1.3 RATIONAL INQUIRY1 0
SECTION 1.4 QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION1 5
CHAPTER 2 Limits of Scientific Knowledge 16
SECTION 2.1 INTRODUCTION 16
SECTION 2.2 PHILOSOPHICAL BACKGROUND 17
SECTION 2.3 HOW DOES SCIENCE WORK? 19
SECTION 2.4 WHAT CAN’T SCIENCE DO? 21
SECTION 2.5 QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION 23
CHAPTER 3 Science and the Church--a Short History 24
SECTION 3.1 INTRODUCTION 24
SECTION 3.2— PROLOGUE: THE GREEK WORLD 25
SECTION 3.3—ST. AUGUSTINE, A THEOLOGIAN FOR OUR TIMES.26
SECTION 3.4 THE CHURCH, MIDWIFE TO SCIENCE 28
SECTION 3.5 SCIENCE VS CHURCH—A COLD WAR? 33
SECTION 3.6 QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION3 38
CHAPTER 4 Science Intersects Catholic Teaching—Cosmology vs Creatio ex Nihilo 39
SECTION 4.1 INTRODUCTION 39
SECTION 4.2 CREATIO EX NIHILO—THEOLOGY 40
Section 4.3 In the Beginning—Cosmology 43
SECTION 4.4 THEOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS 55
SECTION 4.5 QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION 58
CHAPTER 5 Are We Special? The Anthropic Principle 60
SECTION 5.1 INTRODUCTION 60
SECTION 5.2 ARE WE SPECIAL—THE ANTHROPIC PRINCIPLE 61
SECTION 5.3 QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION 69
CHAPTER 6 Evolution 70
SECTION 6.1 INTRODUCTION 70
SECTION 6.2 THE POSITION OF THE CHURCH ON EVOLUTION 71
SECTION 6.3 THE ORIGIN OF LIFE 75
SECTION 6.4 EVOLUTION—THE SCIENCE 76
SECTION 6.5 QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION8 87
CHAPTER 7 Who Has a Soul? 88
SECTION 7.1 INTRODUCTION 88
SECTION 7.2 CATHOLIC TEACHING ABOUT THE SOUL 89
SECTION 7.3 WHAT DOES SCIENCE TELL US ABOUT THE SOUL? 93
SECTION 7.4 FINAL THOUGHTS 105
SECTION 7.5 QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION105
CHAPTER 8 Miracles 106
SECTION 8.1 INTRODUCTION 106
SECTION 8.2 WHAT IS A MIRACLE? “107
SECTION 8.3 SOME EXAMPLES OF MIRACLES 107
SECTION 8.4 HOW THE CHURCH JUDGES MIRACLES 113
SECTION 8.5 CAN A SCIENTIST BELIEVE IN MIRACLES? 115
SECTION 8.6 QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION 116
WEB-BASED (just a sampling—general sites) 119
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