Science and Faith Reflection Group
This group provides an opportunity for members of the St. Marks Parish community and others to read articles and discussions between scientists and both lay ministers and clergy on topics where science and faith meet.
During the current academic year the group will meet on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm in St. Mark’s Chapel
All are welcome to attend these meetings. No previous experience with the group is required. Contact Fr. Rob Allore, SJ at parish.smark AT rcav.org
Meeting times and topics
The next meeting of our group will take place on Tuesday, January 9 at 7:30pm in St. Mark’s Parish church.
During this session our discussion will focus on the article “Unfriendly Climate” by Sonia Smith, published in Texas Monthly in May of 2016. This article will provide the primary focus for our conversation. A copy of this article is provided as an attachment. The article can also be viewed at the following URL:
A lecture by Katharine Hayhoe, whose work is featured in the article, provides additional information for our discussion.
During our session we will also consider Sunday’s Gospel reading Matt 2:1-12
“Catholicism is a science friendly religion”. Neil deGrasse Tyson, an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator, speaks about the role of the Catholic church in important scientific discoveries throughout history. Read more here:
Searching for the (Star) Light at the Vatican Observatory. “Too often people get distracted by the Star and forget to look at the Child! And yet I also have to admit I feel a certain joy in the story, and a joy that this story has been so popular for so many people over the centuries”, states Brother Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory. It is science that reveals and points the way to the Divine (just as the star guided the wise men), allowing us to discover more about the Creator of the Universe. Read the article here…
Laudato Si After Paris, COP 21: Our Mission for a Healthy Planet – a Free Public Lecture hosted by St. Mark’s College. This event, held on Friday, Jan 22, 2016, was very successful with over 200 in attendance. Listen to this informative lecture by keynote speakers, Reverend Dr. Robert Allore, SJ, and the Honourable Joyce Murray, Member of Parliament, Vancouver Quadra.
Fr. Robert Barron comments about his meeting with Fr. George Coyne, Director of the Vatican Observatory. He speaks of the universe as having a “fertility”, with many common patterns on a macro level (the cosmos) that mimic behaviour biological processes that we can observe our planet. Watch his commentary here…
Faith is something “subrational” and unworthy of mature people. Philosopher Immanuel Kant encouraged people to “dare to know”, somehow implying that if we acquired more knowledge, we can do away with faith. On the contrary, some of the most intelligent people of faith including St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Paul, and St. Ignatius of Loyola demonstrate how their faith and rational thought can co-exist. Science examines and observes object in the known physical universe, whereas God cannot be measured using scientific evidence. Listen to how Fr. Robert Barron examines the “right” approach to God from a point of rationality and faith.
Across the Universe: Bucks or Buck Rogers?
Read Br. Guy Consolmagno’s article here:
Interview of Fr. George Coyne SJ by Richard Dawkins. Fr. Coyne was formerly the director of the Vatican Observatory. Watch Fr. Coyne share his views on theories of Evolution in relation to our Faith:
Read about Brother Guy, Jesuit Astronomer in this article: “Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno Wins Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society”…
Have a look at Brother Guy’s TED talk here
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