Posts Tagged ‘Science’

Richard Dawkins to come to Wellington again Comments 0

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Evolutionary biologist and provocative atheist Richard Dawkins will be appearing during Writers’ Week during the 2016 New Zealand festival. Dawkins, who is now 74, previously appeared at the New Zealand Festival in 2010. In an article in the New Zealand Listener, Diana Wichtel described him as “a scientist, a writer, a performer, a public intellectual, an Read more

Rudd attacks Pell over climate change Comments 0

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has launched a stinging attack on Cardinal George Pell’s views on climate change. In a lecture, Mr Rudd said the cardinal needed an “ecological conversion”. This was a phrase used by Pope Francis in Laudato Si’. Mr Rudd said the Cardinal’s view that the Church should stay out of Read more

NZ bishop wants theology-science dialogue on sexual orientation Comments 19

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Bishop Charles Drennan has called for theologians to engage with the science that says sexual orientation is neither a matter of choice nor of conditioning. In his intervention at the synod on the family in Rome last week, Bishop Drennan appealed for mercy for a particular category of people who feel rejection – persons with Read more

The science of forgiveness Comments 0

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

In 1978, Dr. Dabney Ewin, a surgeon specializing in burns, was on duty in a New Orleans emergency room when a man was brought in on a gurney. A worker at the Kaiser Aluminum plant, the patient had slipped and fallen into a vat of 950-degree molten aluminum up to his knees. Ewin did something Read more

Marist School pupil wins Science Week Photo Competition Comments 0

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Marist School pupil Hazel de Mooy has won the National Primary Science Week Light Photo Competition with a shot to be proud of. The 8-year-old braved the heat of flames to create the image but it was something she was excited to do. “Dad had a couple of goes at it first but I wanted Read more

Cardinal Pell questions science behind Laudato Si’ Comments 0

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Cardinal George Pell has seemingly criticised Pope Francis’s most recent encyclical, arguing that the Church has “no particular expertise in science”. In an interview with the Financial Times, the cardinal appeared to distance himself from the science behind some of the statements in Laudato Si’. In the document, released last month, Francis called for global Read more

The compatibility of faith and science Comments 0

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

An interview with Fr.Robert Spitzer, SJ, president of the Magis Center, about faith, reason, atheism, and Stephen Hawking’s “hogwash”: Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, Ph.D., 62, is president of the Magis Center (, headquartered in the new chancery office of the Diocese of Orange, California. The center’s goal is to demonstrate that faith and reason and Read more

Pope says evolution, Big Bang, fit with Catholic teaching Comments 0

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Pope Francis has said that both the Big Bang theory, about the start of the universe, and the theory of evolution do not conflict with Catholic teaching. Speaking to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Monday, Pope Francis said scientific explanations for the world did not exclude the role of God in creation. “The beginning Read more

US seminaries receive grants to put science in curricula Comments 0

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Ten United States seminaries across several denominations will receive a combined US$1.5 million in grants to include science in their studies. The grants were announced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Funding has come from the John Templeton Foundation, in an effort to bridge gaps between science and faith. Catholic institutions to Read more

The science-religion divide and the Vatican astronomer Comments 0

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Are science and religion fundamentally at odds? Many well-known astronomers and astrophysicists think so, including Stephen Hawking, who in a recent interview said, “Before we understood science, it was natural to believe that God created the universe, but now science offers a more convincing explanation… I’m an atheist.” Other astronomers see no fundamental incompatibility between Read more