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  • The future of faith and science
    To conclude a yearlong series on faith and science, we asked some of our favorite thinkers to ponder the future.
  • The razor’s edge of existence
    As the Sentinel’s yearlong Faith and Science series has tried to show with each installment, there is no inherent conflict between religious faith and scientific reasoning. Truth cannot contradict truth, and the fact of the matter is that faith and science essentially operate independently of each other, seeking answers to different questions.
  • #AiMen
    In the Roman Catholic Church, there was never a Pope Pius XIII. So when he began tweeting Bible verses in response to the random Twitter posts of people around the world, there was wonder. Who is this papal figure? It was a computer. Or rather, a “bot” developed to send Twitter messages in the form of Bible verses as part of the #AiMen marketing campaign for the fictional European television series, The Young Pope. The bot reportedly learned better each day how to respond to tweets compassionately and as a pope.
  • In the business of hope
    Valerie Chapman remembers standing in her childhood kitchen, listening to her mother explaining the marvels of nuclear energy. She knows the memory was an early one because of the height of the countertops.
  • Genesis and evolution
    It’s a story we all know — an all-powerful God taking a shapeless world trapped in darkness and giving it form, light and life. It’s Genesis, Chapter 1. It’s the story of the creation of the heavens and the earth. But is this a story meant to teach a moral and theological lesson or a story meant to dictate scientific doctrine?
  • The church and natural selection

    It was 1859 when Charles Darwin published his book “On the Origin of Species.” After years of study with Alfred Wallace, the naturalist released his theories on the development of life and natural selection. Examine the history of papal discussions on the evolution of humankind.

  • Priests have long embraced science
    There is a long history of priests in science. St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas both held that faith and science are complementary. St. Bonaventure wrote in the 13th century that the many species on Earth give insight into God.
  • Astronomer: Theism is the most sensible view
    Belief in God is the most rational world view. That's a key to the thought of John Linder, astronomer from the College of Wooster who is recognized as an authority on computational nonlinear dynamics — the way systems in space work and affect one another.
  • Vatican statements on science
    Though the 17th-century trial of Galileo is the one thing the public seems to remember about the relationship of the Vatican and science, the church has always been an enthused supporter of natural knowledge — so long as the pursuit is not used to negate the truths of faith.
  • Faith, science mingle fruitfully at Catholic schools
    Faith and science complement each other at Catholic schools and colleges in the Northwest, something that cannot happen so readily at public institutions.
  • Turning eyes the skies to connect faith and astronomy
    These down-to-earth stargazers keep their eyes toward the skies. And sometimes, when the clouds part above St. Agatha Church, they’re rewarded with a glimpse of the astronomical wonders.
  • Scientist-doctor has vision behind cancer research center
    In May 2007, after being diagnosed with stage-four melanoma, Karen Anderson was advised to go home and spend quality time with her family and prepare for death. But Anderson, 47, wasn’t quite ready to give up yet.
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