Science and Religion - Br. Justin at Assembly Celebrating Science Week

Science and Religion - Br. Justin at Assembly Celebrating Science Week
Denis Hooper



In the Book of Wisdom we read:

"It is he who gave me knowledge of what exists,

to know the structure of the world and the activity of the elements;

the beginning and the end and the middle of times,

the alternations of the solstices and the changes of the seasons,

the cycles of the year and the constellations of the stars,

the natures of animals and the tempers of wild animals,

the power of the spirits and the thoughts of human beings,

the varieties of plants and the virtues of roots;

I learned both what is secret and what is manifest,

for wisdom, the fashioner of all things, taught me." (Wisdom 7:17-22)


Faith and reason. Religion and science

Like two wings of a dove, working together, leading us to the Truth.

Today, many people believe that religion and science are opposed. That only what we can measure or prove with hard facts and evidence is true and matters.

Sadly, people lose their faith because they believe science has refuted religion. They believe that science is the only show on the road!

This is totally opposed to our Catholic tradition and to the Christian saints, scholars and scientists who have worked and believed through the centuries.

If God is truth, whatever is True is of God. Therefore, there can't be a contradiction between the truths of science, philosophy, literature or art and the truth of religion.

We must remember that science seeks after events, objects and phenomena within the empirically observable and measurable universe. Religion and philosophy, on the other hand, seek after ultimate and final causes.

It is not unreasonable, old or pre-scientific nonsense. Many great scientists have been, and are, great men and women of faith. Indeed, in our own monastery, we have monks who are biologists, physicists and chemists.

I hope you will notice the three great Catholic scientists - Georges Lemaitre, Gregor Mendel and Mary Kenneth Keller - displayed on posters in the science labs. As men and women of faith they gave us the Big Bang Theory and laid the foundations for genetic research and computer science.

This Science Week, let us see in them two compatible and complementary paths to truth. 

Faith and Reason, Religion and Science, like two wings of a dove.