Sunday, December 12, 2010

Malloy on Faith and Science


Here's a chance to comment on my article on the relationship of faith and science for U.S. Catholic magazine.
http://www.uscatholic.org/faithandscience


Put your faith in science
Don't be afraid of the discoveries of dark matter and black holes. Science can shed a light on faith.

[Please take the survey that follows this essay.]

By Richard G. Malloy, S.J., author of A Faith that Frees (Orbis) and Vice President for Mission and Ministry a the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.

"How can you believe in evolution?" a Christian woman accuses me. I explain that I don't believe in evolution. I accept evolution as a scientific theory in the same way I accept the theory of gravity. In 2006 National Geographic News reported that only 14 percent of Americans thought evolution is "definitely true." A third rejects the idea. Only people in Turkey have a lower rate of acceptance of Darwin's discoveries.

Americans are becoming more and more scientifically illiterate. We often fail to distinguish between different kinds of knowledge-theological, philosophical, humanistic, and scientific. Scientific knowledge, by definition, is always revisable, but that does not mean it is untrue. All scientific knowledge is theoretical. A theory holds until someone comes along disproving the theory and offers a better explanation. Truth for science means "that which has not been disproven." The "law of gravity" is "just a theory" in which we have a whole lot of confidence.

READ MORE BY CLICKING ON THE LINK http://www.uscatholic.org/faithandscience

Have a blessed Advent!

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I enjoyed the piece - and took the survey (though I'm surely not a representative sample...)

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