Most people are familiar with the story of Galileo who was tried for heresy after supporting the heliocentric theory of Copernicus, which conflicted with biblical passages. However, fewer are familiar with the transformation of the Church’s view of science within a century of Galileo’s condemnation and the enduring history of the Roman Catholic Church as an important site of scientific inquiry.
Rev. David A. Brown, S.J., an astronomer at the Vatican Observatory and a specialist in stellar evolution, will deliver his Visiting Scholar Lecture Series talk “Faith and Science in the Catholic Tradition” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in Arrupe Hall Auditorium. Fr. Brown’s lecture is sponsored by the Thomas More Center for the Study of Catholic Thought and Culture.
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