Brother Guy Consolmagno, astronomer and director of the Vatican Observatory, is scheduled to speak on “Faith, Science, and the Common Good,” at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago on February 13 at 6 p.m.
He will be speaking via video link as part of the seminary’s ongoing Science for Seminaries program that is funded by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in consultation with the Association of Theological Schools. Professor of Theology at the Hyde Park seminary Dr. Anna Case-Winters along with Reggie Williams, associate professor of Christian ethics are heading up the program.
“Our core beliefs not only determine how we expect the universe to work; they also, just as importantly, support the motivation for the science we do, and determine what counts as ‘success,’” said Consolmagno.
The recipient of the Carl Sagan Medal for outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist, Dr. Consolmagno co-authored Would You Baptize an Extraterrestial and Turn Left at Orion.
“Our church pews include scientists and science teachers and science students who are trying to integrate what they are learning from science with their faith,” said Case-Winters. “It is critical that we look for ways to help people of faith with that integration by offering courses that incorporate science into our core curricula and by giving our community access to speakers such as Brother Consolmagno who demonstrate how faith and science are not in competition but are complementary fields of inquiry.
Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.