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Meaning: Exploring the Big Questions of the Cosmos with a Vatican Scientist

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Explore the big questions of science and religion with a Jesuit astronomer.

While science and religion have often been seen as contradictory forces, in reality they complement each other. Indeed, Catholics have often been at the forefront of scientific discovery; the Augustinian friar Gregor Mendel innovated the study of genetics, and the Jesuit Georges Lemaître first proposed the Big Bang Theory. More recently, Pope Francis issued Laudato Si, an encyclical that addresses global warming.

Now, you can join a leading Catholic scientist in examining the most vital questions about the universe. Your guide, Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J., an astronomer and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, deals with big things—stars, galaxies, and unfathomable distances—but that's not the kind of "bigness" that you will explore here. Instead, you will tackle the most profound aspects of existence: the hows and whys of the universe.

In this brilliant course, you will ask yourself: Does science need God? Can physics prove the existence of God? How do we understand miracles? What is life, and how will we recognize it on other planets? What is the soul?

As you will see, such questions don't have simple answers. Instead, you will discover new ways of thinking about them: not finding concrete answers to these questions, but rather asking them anew with wit and wisdom. In doing so, you will gain a richer and fresher understanding of the world.

Begin this awe-inspiring journey today.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • Does Science Need God?
  • Scripture or Science?
  • Is the Big Bang Compatible with a Creator God?
  • Does Modern Physics Prove God?
  • Does the Anthropic Principle Prove God Exists?
  • Are Miracles Contrary to Science?
  • What Is Life?
  • Would Extraterrestrials Need to Be Baptized?
  • Why is there Natural Evil?
  • How Do We Understand the End of the Universe?
  • Is the Resurrection Contrary to Science?
  • Can Science Explain Consciousness, Free Will, and the Soul?
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Dr. Guy Consolmagno, S.J., is Director of the Vatican Observatory, a leading astronomer and meteoriticist, and a Jesuit brother. He earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona. Before entering the Jesuits in 1989, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard and MIT, served in the US Peace Corps, and taught university physics at Lafayette College. He has worked as a Vatican Observatory astronomer since 1993.

 

Br. Consolmagno’s research explores connections between meteorites, asteroids, and the evolution of small solar system bodies. The author of a monthly science column for The Tablet, he has written more than 200 scientific publications and a number of popular books, including Turn Left at Orion (with Dan Davis), and Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? (with Paul Mueller). He has also hosted science programs for BBC Radio 4, appeared in numerous documentary films, and served as chair of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences. In 2000, the small bodies nomenclature committee of the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid, 4597 Consolmagno, ...

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I heard this guy lecture
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I heard Dr. Consolmagno speak at St. Ignatius church in San Francisco. He was a fount of knowledge, lucid, fascinating. He answered all questions posed by the audience. I only wish I could have had several more hours of his time, to have him answer more. Review by G. Wayne (Posted on 5/20/2017)
Entertaining and educational.
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Entertaining and educational. This man knows his stuff. Review by Paul G. (Posted on 4/28/2016)
The content, delivery, and illustrations were all wonderful.
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The content, delivery, and illustrations were all wonderful. Review by Rita (Posted on 4/28/2016)
The speaker is humorous and engaging.
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Dr Consolmagno takes patience to explain really complex scientific theories and helpfully tag others with a comment along the line of "just know about this without struggling to understand too much." The speaker is humorous and engaging. Above all, the topics are potentially paradigm shifting on how we think about religion.
Review by Lee (Posted on 11/23/2015)
The Church embraces and encourages science for the praise and glory of God.
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The Church embraces and encourages science for the praise and glory of God. Modern scientific inquiry often embarks on disproving the metaphysical, the spiritual and religion or is pursued merely because it can be done.
Review by Jim (Posted on 11/23/2015)
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