When most people think about Catholicism and science, they will automatically think of one of the famous events in the history of sciencethe condemnation of Galileo by the Roman Catholic Church. But the interaction of Catholics with science has beenand isfar more complex and positive than that depicted in the legend of the Galileo affair. Understanding the natural world has always been a strength of Catholic thought and researchfrom the great theologians of the Middle Ages to the present dayand science has been a hallmark of Catholic education for centuries.
Catholicism and Science, a volume in the Greenwood Guides to Science and Religion series, covers all aspects of the relationship of science and the Church: How Catholics interacted with the profound changes in the physical sciences (natural philosophy) and biological sciences (natural history) during the Scientific Revolution; how Catholic scientists reacted to the theory of evolution and their attempts to make evolution compatible with Catholic theology; and the implications of Roman Catholic doctrinal and moral teachings for neuroscientific research, and for investigation into genetics and cloning.
The volume includes primary source documents, a glossary and timeline of important events, and an annotated bibliography of the most useful works for further research
About the Author
PETER M.J. HESS serves as Faith Project Director with the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), and as adjunct professor at Saint Mary's College, Moraga, California. He is a member of the International Society for Science and Religion, and has worked for both the Metanexus Institute and the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences. His scholarly work focuses on the historical interaction between religion and the sciences. He is on the editorial board of the series.
PAUL L. ALLEN is Assistant Professor in Theological Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.