Religion and Science
- Christianity and Philosophical Culture in the Fifth Century
The spirituality and immortality of the soul might seem to be an essential Christian doctrine, but in fact many early Christian writers held that the soul is material and that immortality is a gift. As Ernest Fortin’s study of Claudianus Mamertus (d. 475), a priest of Vienne in Gaul, and his De Statu Animae, On the State of the Soul (ca. 470) shows, St. Augustine did not settle the question. De Statu Animae is the only explicitly philosophical work in the West that we possess between Augustine (354–430) and Boethius. It responds to a defense of the corporeality of the soul by Bishop Faustus of Reii, modern Riez. Like many early Christian writers, Faustus held that God alone is spirit, so that the human soul is material, immortality is a gift, and Platonic dialogues or neo-Platonic textbooks of philosophy are the product of unhealthy curiosity.
- How Science Enriches Theology
In a time when the relation of theology to science is in question, due in part to the unwitting fideism of religious fundamentalists and, conversely, as a result of the equally fundamentalist diatribes of the so-called “New Atheists,” How Science Enriches Theology provides a much-needed demonstration of the possibility and necessity for dialogue and integration between the two perspectives or fields of inquiry.
- Science and Faith
A selection from the Proceedings of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars 1998 meeting on the subject of science’s intersection with faith. Contributors include Don De Marco, Charles J. Chaput, OFM CAP, Michael J. Behe, Stephen M. Barr, F. F. Centore, Germain Kopaczynski, OFM CONV., William Kilpatrick, Cynthia Toolin, and Archbishop George Pell.