Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel were contemporaries, but did they know of each other’s work? There is clear evidence that Mendel read “The Origin of Species,'' and mounting evidence that Darwin had heard of Mendel’s work.
Four hundred years after the trial, the mere mention of the name “Galileo” is often considered a powerful one-word refutation against the Catholic Church. Why? Because, according to the popular telling of the “Galileo Affair,” it was Galileo who: 1) proved heliocentrism, despite a Church that officially declared heliocentrism to be a heresy; 2) was tortured and martyred by the Church, and; 3) discovered that Scripture—and by extension, the Catholic Church—was a fraud.
Since its founding in 1972, the Templeton Prize has honored 17 scientists, 7 opinion leaders, 16 religious leaders, and 7 theologians/philosophers.
Why do people care what Einstein thought and believed about religion and about God?
Fr. George Coyne, SJ, passed away on February 14, 2020. He was an astrophysicist, a priest, the former director of the Vatican Observatory, and a “remarkable man.” His life and contributions are celebrated in moving tributes from the Vatican Observatory website and many other outlets, including the New York Times.
David H. Levy’s bio on the Vatican Observatory website declares that he is “one of the most successful comet discoverers in history.”
Because of Dr. Vera Rubin, dark matter became a household term in the 1980’s, but we still aren’t sure what it is or even if it really exists.
Last month, the Thomistic Institute hosted a symposium, Novelty in Nature, at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. Philosophers, scientists, and students gathered to discuss the nature of substance, matter and form, and how new things come to be from both a philosophical perspective and a scientific one. It was a mutually enriching exchange.
Is atheism inconsistent with the scientific method? A prize winning physicist’s answer may surprise you.