.SCIENCE IN THE NEWS from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Today's Headlines - November 4, 2005
Vatican: Faithful Should Listen to Science
from Associated Press
VATICAN CITY - A Vatican cardinal said Thursday the faithful should listen to what secular modern science has to offer, warning that religion risks turning into "fundamentalism" if it ignores scientific reason.
Cardinal Paul Poupard, who heads the Pontifical Council for Culture, made the comments at a news conference on a Vatican project to help end the "mutual prejudice" between religion and science that has long bedeviled the Roman Catholic Church and is part of the evolution debate in the United States.
The Vatican project was inspired by Pope John Paul II's 1992 declaration that the church's 17th-century denunciation of Galileo was an error resulting from "tragic mutual incomprehension." Galileo was condemned for supporting Nicolaus Copernicus' discovery that the Earth revolved around the sun; church teaching at the time placed Earth at the center of the universe. http://tinyurl.com/davde
|The STOQ Project II (Science, Theology and the Ontological Quest):
- Is founded on the collaboration of three Pontifical Roman Universities: Lateran, Gregorian and Regina Apostolorum. From this year other three Pontifical Universities - the St.Thomas, the Salesian and the Holy Cross - started to collaborate at the STOQ Project II.
- Is coordinated by the Pontifical Council for Culture with the support of the John Templeton Foundation.
- Is aimed at developing the dialogue between Science, Philosophy, and Theology, in order to confront the Christian vision of world, man and society with the many theoretical, ethical and cultural challenges raised by the developments of science.
- Is to be immersed over three years (from 2003 to 2006), into different Study and Research Programs in the Universities involved in the Project. Students can follow courses of The STOQ Project in all the Universities involved. These courses will be recognized within each University and can be inserted into the student curricula.
- Is directed at students, scientists, philosophers, theologians and all those interested in deepening the rational basis of their faith, or exploring the possibility of being believers at the beginning of the Third Millennium