How many times have you heard that people of faith “hate science”? Many secular people like to hurl this argument at others during political discussions, in order to silence opposition to their policies. If you don't agree with abortion on demand, you must hate science. If you don't agree with embryonic stem cell research, you must hate science. If you don't think giving birth control pills to young children is a good idea, you hate science. The line of attack continues on a wide variety of issues.
As I have pointed out in past columns, in many cases, the opposite is true. The person who opposes embryonic stem cell research and late term abortions doesn't hold that position because their religion told them to, but because they've been convinced the other side is wrong through science-based evidence on the matter. Many of the leading scientific breakthroughs in history – from genetics to astronomy – were accomplished by devout Christians who practiced their faith. On the other hand, many people arguing for dangerous and reckless procedures (like embryonic stem cell research) are doing so because they haven't researched the scientific facts on the matter, and believed whatever they heard on TV from celebrities like Michael J. Fox. Likewise, some of the most deadly and wrong-headed “advancements” – wrongly done in the name of “science” – (such as forced sterilizations of the 1920s or bloodletting in the middle ages) were caused by people who lacked a faith-based understanding.
Unfortunately, the propaganda continues that people of faith are “anti-science”, and we need to be proactive in showing otherwise. This coming week, many Catholics will have the opportunity to do so. The organization Catholics Transforming Culture, in partnership with Relevant Radio, is presenting a talk called “Science Tests Faith” This landmark program takes some of the biggest doctrines of the Catholic faith, and examines them through a scientific lens to see if they can be explained by what we know about how the world works. Some of the topics addressed include:
- Exclusive film footage of a stigmatist who bleeds from her hands, feet and head. Are these the wounds of Christ? What does science have to say?
- A consecrated Communion Host becomes living flesh and blood. Is this heart tissue? What does science have to say?
- A scientist (former atheist), an attorney and a famous TV journalist witness a statue of Jesus weeping real tears and shedding read blood. Are these claims true? What does science have to say?
In each of the above cases, those examples of real-life miracles will be scrutinized using the scientific method, to see if they stand up to the test. Topics will include detailed material about human DNA, heart muscle, white blood cells, and forensic studies, among many other discussions. If you have a “I will believe it when I see it” attitude, this type of event is for you. This presentation has been done throughout the country, and now it's coming to the Chicago area on October 19th. Christ Transforming Culture is hosting the “Science Tests Faith” event for everyone in the Chicago area, free of charge. There is also a Breakfast available during the talk, and interested parties are welcome to invite their family and friends! You can see a preview of the event at the website www.ScienceTestsFaith.com The full schedule of “Science Tests Faith” is as follows:
SCIENCE TESTS FAITH
Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 8:15 AM to Noon
Mass - 8:30 am
St. Patricia's Catholic Church
9050 S. 86th Ave.
Hickory Hills, IL 60457
Breakfast and Talk - 9:30 am
The Lexington House
7717 W. 95th St.
Hickory Hills, IL 60457
Networking - 11:30am-12:00pm.
For those who have questions about Catholics Transforming Culture or the Science Tests Faith talk, you may contact Peter Kitchin at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also register in advance at email@example.com
So what are you waiting for? If you're a practicing Catholic and you don't “hate science”, I hope you will consider attending “Science Tests Faith” so you have further knowledge about the why and how behind many deeply complex Catholic doctrines. Science is a wonderful tool for helping to enrich and understand the tenants of our faith, and not something that hinders them.