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Essay 1: Science and the Church—a Short History

2.1—Prologue: the Greek World

2.2—St. Augustine, a Theologian for our Times

2.3—The Catholic Church, Midwife to Science

2.4—Science versus the Church: A Cold War?

2.5—Questions for Reflection

2.6–Science Background: Elements of Physics–Motion, Force, Energy

Essay 2: Ways of Knowing; The Limits of Science

1.1—Faith and Revelation

1.2—Rational Inquiry

1.3—How Science Works

1.4—What Science Can’t Tell UBs

1.5—Questions for Reflection

1.6—Science Background: Case Studies on Heat and Energy—A Historical Perspective on how Science Works

Essay 3: Cosmology and Creatio ex Nihilo

3.1—Creatio ex Nihilo: Theology

3.2—In the Beginning: Cosmology

3.3—Intersections: Theology and Cosmology

3.4—Questions for Reflection

3.5—Science Background: Elements of Astronomy and Relativity

Essay 4: The Anthropic Principle—Are We Special?

1.1—The Anthropic Principle and its Cousins

1.2—Evidence from Physics 

1.3—Evidence from Chemistry and Planetary Science

1.4—Evidence from Molecular Biology 

1.5—The Anthropic Principle: Evidence for “Intelligent Design”?

1.6—Questions for Reflection

1.7—Science Background: Elements  of Chemistry and Molecular Biology; Probability

Essay 5: Evolution

5.1—What is Catholic Teaching on Evolution?

5.2—How Did life begin?

5.3—Evolution, Theories and facts

5.4—Questions for Reflection

5.5–Science Background–Elements of Geology, Anthropology

Essay 6: Who Has a Soul?

6.1—Catholic Teaching about the Soul

6.2—Science: What it Can’t Say about Souls

6.3—Souls of Computers and Robots?

6.4—Questions for Reflection

6.5—Science Background: Elements of Neuroscience; Medical Imaging and Prayer

Essay 7: Miracles

7.1—What is a Miracle?

7.2—Examples of Miracles

7.3—How the Church Judges Miracles

7.4—Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles?

7.5—Questions for Reflection




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