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Thomistic Institute Conference
Posted 06/22/2018 09:07AM

Thomistic Institute Conference - Faith and science really are friends!

Probing the Milky Way for intelligent life or wondering if Adam evolved doesn't require closing your Bible and discarding the wisdom of the ancients. Practical Catholic philosophy can--and did, at a recent conference--tackle big questions raised by modern science. Three SCA STEM teachers, Sister Mary Albert, Sister Nicholas Marie and Sister Albertine, were among the nearly 70 scientists, philosophers and teachers who participated in the four-day conference sponsored by the Thomistic Institute, "Thomistic Philosophy and Natural Science," in Washington, D.C. in early June.

Speakers included Harvard astrochemist Dr. Karin Oberg, who presented evidence for the probability of life on other planets. Dominican priest and Providence College professor Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, an MIT graduate, posed ideas of how to reconcile findings in evolutionary biology with God as the first cause of all life. During the conference, the speakers drew heavily from the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas and that of the Greek philosopher Aristotle.

Discussions between science and faith are important both for students and for the teachers who instruct them. "The modern world says you can only pick one: faith or science," said Sister Albertine, a Cal Tech graduate and former astrophysicist who teaches science and math at SCA. "But actually, the same God who saves us by the Incarnation created the beautiful world we live in, and gave us an intellect to discover its wonders. You can have both."

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