Voices from the creation debate

By Robert Duncan
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Catholic News Service’s Junno Arocho Esteves posted a story today to our wire service explaining a new online course sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture that digs deep into the question of how scientific inquiry and faith in God are compatible. Here’s a sample:

A 1635 portrait of astronomer Galileo Galilei by Dutch painter Justus Sustermans. (CNS/Reuters)

A 1635 portrait of astronomer Galileo Galilei by Dutch painter Justus Sustermans. (CNS/Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Creationism vs. evolution, scientific method vs. ethics, science vs. faith, the church’s censure and rehabilitation of Galileo Galilei. For centuries, there have been countless confusion and arguments pitting science against faith as if they were two opposing forces.

In the hopes of dispelling lingering myths and misunderstandings, one ecclesiastical institute has launched a unique online course explaining the compatible roles religion and science play in seeking meaning and knowledge in today’s world.

Sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture, the “Science and Faith in Dialogue” program is run by the Theological Faculty of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, and it seeks to bridge the gap between science and faith through education.


To help our audiences get a taste of how the so-called science-vs.-faith debate is playing out in the public square, we recently interviewed experts who are associated with contrasting approaches to the subject.

We spoke to Janet Soskice, a Cambridge University scholar of religion and science who argues for a metaphorical interpretation of Genesis and God-guided evolution. We also spoke to Dominican Father Michael Chaberek who has recently published book on the history of the debate called “Catholicism and Evolution: A History from Darwin to Pope Francis.”

Also included in the video is young-earth creationist Hugh Owen, arguing for a strict literal interpretation of Genesis. Finally, we chose to include Gerald Schroeder, an MIT-trained Orthodox Jewish scientist who claims that the Bible and science recount the same truth in different languages.

We hope you enjoy diving into the debate!

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