Science and Religion at Notre Dame

June 20, 2014

This week, the Institute of Church Life at the University of Notre Dame has been conducting a one-week seminar on science and religion for Catholic high school teachers in theology, biology and physics. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., participated as part of the faculty in biology and Thomas Davenport, O.P., in physics. A number of Catholic biologists, physicists and theology gave talks on how to understand the conversation between modern science and the Catholic faith and how to bring parts of that conversation into the high school classroom. They also explored how to help their students see the unity of the truth God has given through nature and through revelation. About fifty teachers from Catholic schools around the country gathered in South Bend, and about forty more participated online for the inaugural year of the seminar. The Institute, working with a generous grant from the Templeton Foundation, hopes to improve and expand over the next few years and form teachers that can be a great witness to the unity of faith and reason, giving them tools to express that truth to the next generation.

Image: Lawrence Lew, O.P., DNA model at the Oxford University Science Museum

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