Meaning: Exploring the Big Questions of the Cosmos with the Vatican's Top Astronomer

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Meaning: Exploring the Big Questions of the Cosmos with the Vatican's Top Astronomer

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

Throughout history, Christians have often been at the forefront of scientific discovery; the Augustinian friar Gregor Mendel innovated the study of genetics, and the Jesuit Georges Lemaîtrefirst proposed the Big Bang Theory. In recent times, Pope Francis—a chemist by training—issued Laudato Si, an encyclical that addresses global warming.

Now, you can join the Director of the Vatican Observatory—one of the leading Catholic scientists of our time—in examining the most vital questions about the universe.

As an astronomer, Dr. Guy Consolmagno, S.J., deals with big things—stars, galaxies, and unfathomable distances—but that's not the kind of “bigness” that you will explore with him 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?
About Your Presenter

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, in recognition of his work. In...

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Summer 2018 Survey
Subject is great. Lecturer is very engaging and entertaining Review by Anonymous (Posted on 7/2/2018)
Summer 2018 Survey
A very nice overview of modern physics and cosmology. The speaker was very knowledgeable and engaging. Review by R.T., Boston, MA, USA (Posted on 7/2/2018)
Summer 2018 Survey
I have taken several advanced university physics and cosmology courses recently from a couple of the top professors in the field. I smile (politely inwardly) when they say that the bottom line is, that they don Review by John Rutter, Tempe, Arizona USA (Posted on 7/2/2018)
2017 Christmas Survey
This was presented in a way most people could understand. Review by Thomas Boggess, Boynton Beach, FL (Posted on 12/13/2017)
Summer Survey: July 2017
Science and Faith are complementary - especially since both are rooted in God. Scripture reveals that God deemed and declared His creation very good. Review by David M. D'Amore Cordova, Tennessee (Posted on 7/24/2017)
Summer Survey: July 2017
It was very informative and clearly explained how science and faith are not incompatible. Bro. Guy uses clear examples and humor to get his points across. Review by Deacon John Bacon St. John, Indiana United States (Posted on 7/23/2017)
I heard this guy lecture
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)
Spring Survey: April 2017
Dr. Guy Consolmagno's DVD was excellent. I ordered it after reading one of his books. Review by Sharon Serio Annapolis, MD USA (Posted on 4/24/2017)
Winter Survey: January 2017
This was an excellent course taught by an intelligent teacher with an engaging teaching manner. Highly recommend the course. Review by James Sevem. St. Louis. Missouri. USA (Posted on 1/11/2017)
Winter Survey: January 2017
Fr. Guy Consolmagne's presentation is excellent for anyone interested in relationship between religion and science. Review by Sharon Serio Annapolis MD USA (Posted on 1/9/2017)
Winter Survey: January 2017
Excellent lecturer, fascinating content Review by Ann D. Hungerman USA (Posted on 1/8/2017)
Fall Survey: October 2016
Great presentation. Review by Michael Hardiman Brooklyn NY (Posted on 10/19/2016)
Fall Survey: October 2016
Brother Guy's books and lectures are wonderful expositions on science and faith. As a scientist and believer myself, Dr. Consolmagno does a fantastic job of articulating why belief in God and practicing science do not have to be mutually exclusive. Review by Rock Taber, Alpharetta, GA, USA (Posted on 10/18/2016)
Entertaining and educational.
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.
The content, delivery, and illustrations were all wonderful. Review by Rita (Posted on 4/28/2016)
The speaker is humorous and engaging.
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.
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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