Gregor Mendel and Charles Darwin: Two Men and a Theory

Gregor Mendel and Charles Darwin: Two Men and a Theory

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.

Galileo, the Catholic Church, and the Impact on Science

Galileo, the Catholic Church, and the Impact on Science

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. 

Leader of the Human Genome Project Receives 2020 Templeton Prize

Leader of the Human Genome Project Receives 2020 Templeton Prize

Since its founding in 1972, the Templeton Prize has honored 17 scientists, 7 opinion leaders, 16 religious leaders, and 7 theologians/philosophers.

Einstein, Science, and Religion: Was the Great Scientist Religious?

Einstein, Science, and Religion: Was the Great Scientist Religious?

Why do people care what Einstein thought and believed about religion and about God?

Remembering Fr. George Coyne, SJ (1933-2020)

Remembering Fr. George Coyne, SJ (1933-2020)

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 Levy: Amateur Comet Hunter Extraordinaire

David Levy: Amateur Comet Hunter Extraordinaire

David H. Levy’s bio on the Vatican Observatory website declares that he is “one of the most successful comet discoverers in history.” 

3 Famous, Self-Educated Scientists: Croll, Davy, and Faraday

3 Famous, Self-Educated Scientists: Croll, Davy, and Faraday

Dr. Vera Rubin and Why Dark Matter Matters

Dr. Vera Rubin and Why Dark Matter Matters

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.

On the Origins of Water

On the Origins of Water

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?

Is Atheism Inconsistent with the Scientific Method?

Is atheism inconsistent with the scientific method? A prize winning physicist’s answer may surprise you.

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