Science & Faith

Philosophy and the sciences function within the order of natural reason; while faith, enlightened and guided by the Spirit, recognizes in the message of salvation the "fullness of grace and truth" (cf. Jn 1:14), which God has willed to reveal in history and definitively through his Son, Jesus Christ (cf. 1 Jn 5:9; Jn 5:31-32)." Pope John Paul II, "Faith and Reason" paragraph 9.

People think that science and faith are in conflict with each other. At times, they are, but they do not need to be.

Science seeks to answer the question of how. How was the universe created? How did life on earth develop? How do we cure diseases? How do we advance technologically?

Faith answers questions of why? Why did God create the universe? Why is there life on earth, and what does it mean for humans to have dominion over the world? Why do we seek to cure diseases?

Here, we will begin to address some of the apparent conflicts between science and faith. We begin with a discussion on the question of evolution.

Then, we explore the question of how faith influences our medical decisions.

A cross and atom are shown in front of a cross.