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Science and Faith with Radio Maria England

Science and Faith with Radio Maria England

By ScienceAndFaith
Tune in to our new Science and Faith programme on Radio Maria England (www.RadioMariaEngland.uk).

We will be covering topics such as mental health, Care for our Common Home, reductionism, Artificial Intelligence, nutrition, mathematics, and many more. Several guests are world-renowned leading scientists or theologians from universities around the world.

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Science and Faith on Tour - Season 3 - Faith Journeys in Science - Ep1
Parish: Our Lady of The Assumption and The English Martyrs, Cambridge Episode 1 – Begins broadcasting May 20 (Friday) at 8:30pm, May 22 (Sunday) at 4pm and May 23 (Monday) at 10pm The speakers at the event were Prof. Robert Turner and Dr. Mihnea Turcanu. Robert is a British neuroscientist, physicist, and social anthropologist. He has been a director and professor at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, and is an internationally recognized expert in brain physics and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Mihnea pursued a PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of Glasgow where he specialized in ultrasound-mediated targeted drug delivery technology. He is currently a research associate at the university of Leuven, Belgium where he has been using AI technology to enhance ultrasound imaging that is used in radiotherapy cancer treatments. We thank ECLAS for their generosity to make our tour to parishes possible. If you would like to get in touch, email: scienceandfaith@radiomariaengland.uk Facebook/Instagram: @radiomariaengland #RMESCIENCEANDFAITH https://radiomariaengland.uk/science-and-faith-on-tour-season-3-faith-journeys-in-science-ep1/
01:00:00
May 20, 2022
Radio Maria England Science and Faith S2 Ep8
Natural Evil In episode 8, the last episode of this series, we invited two speakers: Dr Vinoth Ramachandra, theologian, author and speaker, with a doctorate in nuclear engineering and Prof. Daniela De Angelis, a statistical scientist working in public health to talk about Natural Evil. We learned what the difference between natural and moral evil is, what the “problem of evil” is, creating vs permitting evil and how we are to understand the plagues in the book of Exodus. Prof De Angelis also shared with us what her personal experience has been like as part of the Royal Statistical Society Task Force for COVID-19. We also had a chance to comment on an interview Stephen Fry did a few years ago that went viral (linked below in resources) and C.S. Lewis’ struggle to find consolation after the death of his wife from cancer in ‘A Grief Observed’. Why did God not create a world so perfect that no evil could exist in it? Get in touch: scienceandfaith@radiomariaengland.uk Facebook/Instagram: @radiomariaengland #RMESCIENCEANDFAITH https://radiomariaengland.uk/science-and-faith-season-2-episode-8-natural-evil/
55:02
October 31, 2021
Radio Maria England Science and Faith S2 Ep7
Faith and Reason: can a scientist believe? Throughout series 1 and 2 we have looked at many different areas where science and religion may seem to contradict each other, e.g creation and evolution, cosmology, neuroscience of religious beliefs, miracles... In episode 7 of this series, we will be looking at something more fundamental: What is faith?, What is reason? How do they relate? Are science and religion fundamentally at odds with each other?  We will also take a closer look at the rise of new atheism within scientific circles and how we can explain our faith in an increasingly rationalistic culture. In order to discuss these topics, and many more, we have invited two speakers: Fr Andrew Pinsent, physicist and Catholic priest, and Prof Stephen Bullivant, Professor of Theology and the Sociology of Religion. Is there a space for faith-based claims in a rational mind? Get in touch: scienceandfaith@radiomariaengland.uk Facebook/Instagram: @radiomariaengland #RMESCIENCEANDFAITH https://radiomariaengland.uk/science-and-faith-season-2-episode-7-faith-and-reason-can-a-scientist-believe/
55:15
October 24, 2021
Radio Maria England Science and Faith S2 Ep6
God, Humans and Artificial Intelligence In episode 6 of this series, we looked into the status quo of Artificial Intelligence and outweighed potential dangers and benefits for our society. Alongside our theological advisor Fr Robert Verill, we were investigating many ethical questions regarding Artificial Intelligence from a faith perspective with Ilyas Khan KSG, CEO of Cambridge Quantum Computing, and Matthew Johnson, research scientist at Microsoft. Can Artificial Intelligence develop consciousness and what kind of theological questions would that raise? In this context, what does it really mean to be made in God's image? Get in touch: scienceandfaith@radiomariaengland.uk Facebook/Instagram: @radiomariaengland #RMESCIENCEANDFAITH https://radiomariaengland.uk/science-and-faith-season-2-episode-6-god-humans-and-artificial-intelligence/
59:01
October 17, 2021
Radio Maria England Science and Faith S2 Ep5
Mental health, faith and wellbeing In episode 5 of this series, we explored mental health with insights from science, philosophy and theology. We had the honour and pleasure to have two guest speakers: consultant psychiatrist Dr T. Ayodele Ajayi and assistant psychologist Julia Szacilo. We discussed some of the ways mental health difficulties arise, the role genetics and environmental factors play, the wealth of job roles as well as how mental health professionals look after themselves. We also talked about how a decision about treatment is made, developing virtue, and increasing trust in God in the face of adversity. Finally, we asked whether we should be seeking Christian professionals and we touched on how we can support our loved ones. Where is God in the midst of the struggle? Get in touch: scienceandfaith@radiomariaengland.uk Facebook/Instagram: @radiomariaengland #RMESCIENCEANDFAITH https://radiomariaengland.uk/science-and-faith-season-2-episode-4-mental-health-faith-and-wellbeing/
54:58
October 10, 2021
Radio Maria England Science and Faith S2 Ep4
God and Mathematics: Truth and Beauty In episode 4 of this series, we explored the realm of mathematics and investigated what Maths can tell us about God. We had the honour and pleasure to host Prof Francis Su who, alongside Fr Robert Verrill, gave us a fascinating insight into the beautiful complexity of mathematics. They talked about what inspired them to study that discipline, whether there’s beauty to be found in mathematics, the limits what mathematics can tell us about the world, great mathematicians, and Biblical numerology among others. Does God have to follow the laws of logic or can He contradict himself? Can God make a stone so heavy that he cannot lift it Himself? Get in touch: info@radiomariaengland.uk Facebook/Instagram: @radiomariaengland #RMESCIENCEANDFAITH https://radiomariaengland.uk/science-and-faith-season-2-episode-4-god-and-mathematics-truth-and-beauty/
55:42
October 03, 2021
Radio Maria England Science and Faith S2 Ep3
Subdue the Earth: Catholics and the Environment In episode three of our series, we delved into what our relationship with God and our global neighbour has to do with the care for the environment and how today’s climate crisis fits into the much broader picture of the story of salvation for us as Christians. To help us answer those questions, we were very fortunate to host Sr Margaret Atkins, an Augustinian Canoness specialising in faith, ethics and ecology, and Xavier de Bénazé, a Jesuit and newly-appointed deacon building bridges between Ecology and Theology. What’s climate change all about and why is it so important? What are some of the key ideas Pope Francis discusses in Laudato Si’ that can help us better understand our relationship with the environment and our care for it? How do we act responsibly  at different levels: World - Community - Family? Ultimately, how does care for the environment connect to the story of salvation? Get in touch: info@radiomariaengland.uk Facebook/Instagram: @radiomariaengland #RMESCIENCEANDFAITH https://radiomariaengland.uk/science-and-faith-season-2-episode-3-subdue-the-earth-catholics-and-the-environment/
55:10
September 26, 2021
Radio Maria England Science and Faith S2 Ep2
Eating Catholic: Nutrition and Fasting In episode 2 of this series we explored whether a “Catholic approach to food” is possible and what that could look like, especially with regards to fasting and abstinence. We looked at fasting as a spiritual practice, how and why Christians do so until this day, and, of course, we delved into some of the science behind nutrition and food. In order to tackle these questions we have invited two guest speakers: Dr Elisabeth Corcoran, a functional medicine practitioner, and Prof Jay W. Richards, theologian and writer. My favourite quote in Prof Richard’s book Eat, Fast, Feast reads “We’re a pampered lot. Most of us have never gone a day without eating. We get shaky if we go more than four hours without a vanilla latte or yoghurt smoothie or granola bar or protein shake”. How should we decide what and how much to eat? When we hear scientific advice on what we should eat, what criteria are used to come up with this advice? As of Friday 16th September 2011 Catholics in England and Wales are required to abstain from meat on Fridays. What should one do about the next mouthful of a half-eaten ham sandwich upon realising it is indeed Friday? Get in touch: info@radiomariaengland.uk Facebook/Instagram: @radiomariaengland #RMESCIENCEANDFAITH
55:20
September 21, 2021
Radio Maria England Science and Faith S2 Ep1
Reductionism The Science and Faith team are back with a brand new series! We kick off this season with an episode on reductionism. While reductionism has become an accepted term in academia, it is nowhere near to the way people live their lives. One would intuitively think that human existence is more than just physical existence - but where does that inner human desire come from? And is it true or just an illusion? We also explored whether Biology can be reduced to Physics, to what extent this approach is helpful for Science, what are the limitations of a reductionist way of thinking, and how God fits into this picture. In order to tackle those questions, and many more, we invited 2 guest speakers; Fr Mariusz Tabaczek a Dominican theologian specialising in science-theology dialogue and Professor Wilson Poon, physicist and Professor in Natural Philosophy. Are we nothing but a bunch of atoms? Get in touch: info@radiomariaengland.uk Facebook/Instagram: @radiomariaengland #RMESCIENCEANDFAITH https://radiomariaengland.uk/science-and-faith-season-2-episode-1-reductionism/ Resources Vatican Observatory Foundation: https://www.vofoundation.org/faith-and-science/about/ Christians in Science: https://www.cis.org.uk/resources/ Faraday Institute for Science and Religion: https://www.faraday.cam.ac.uk Interactive Science and Faith workshops: https://gatbb.co.uk
52:57
September 12, 2021
Radio Maria England Science and Faith S1 Ep8
Embryonic cells in research and medicine - Is the Church against progress? In episode eight of our Science and Faith series, we invited two guests, Prof. Paul Fairchild – a stem cell scientist and Professor of Immunology in Oxford, and Michael Wee – a Catholic bioethicist, to talk about the various types of stem cell research, how these differ from foetal tissue cell lines and their links to vaccine development. Prof. Fairchild explained the different ways of sourcing stem cells and what diseases the scientific community hopes to treat using them. We also talked with Michael about which of these sourcing methods would be morally preferable. In addition, we engaged in an interesting conversation about why it is important to read beyond sensationalist headlines, especially when a controversial scientific topic is involved. In fact, Richard Dawkins and Benedict XVI were the protagonists of this last segment. Then, we cross-examined Michael over the concerns Catholics have with regards to the use of drugs and vaccines developed using foetal cell lines, in particular we discussed ‘remote cooperation with evil’. Finally, Michael also commented on the Church’s stance on COVID-19 vaccines. Prof. Fairchild and Michael Wee found common ground but agreed to disagree about some of the moral aspects of the use of embryonic stem cells and foetal cell lines in research and medicine. Does the Church restrict or encourage stem cell research? Get in touch: info@radiomariaengland.uk Facebook/Instagram: @radiomariaengland #RMESCIENCEANDFAITH Resources The Anscombe Bioethics Centre: http://www.bioethics.org.uk Oxford Stem Cell Research Centre https://www.stemcells.ox.ac.uk Vatican Observatory Foundation https://www.vofoundation.org/faith-and-science/about/ Christians in Science https://www.cis.org.uk/resources/ Faraday Institute for Science and Religion https://www.faraday.cam.ac.uk Interactive Science and Faith workshops https://gatbb.co.uk
59:29
April 03, 2021
Radio Maria England Science and Faith S1 Ep7
Resurrection The Nicene Creed reads “...For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures…”. Inspired by the Risen Christ, we planned episode seven of the Science and Faith series around the greatness of this Biblical event. We invited Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys who told us about the astronomical, historical and theological research he does in his spare time which allowed him to revisit the dating of the events surrounding Jesus’ death and resurrection; in particular, The Last Supper. We felt very privileged as Prof. Humphreys shared with us a series of events from his professional career that he has never spoken about before. Despite the outstanding peer-reviews, he faced some opposition from within the infamous journal Nature, where his paper was finally published in 1983, but not allowed on the front cover of the Journal. Prof. Peter Wadhams and David Rolfe delighted us with an account of the historicity of The Shroud of Turin and how the scientific, as well as the Catholic, community received the initial evidence obtained from its study. We were able to discuss  various controversies associated with The Shroud and critically analyse whether any insight can be gained from this relic about the events of the Resurrection or even the glorious body of the Risen Christ. Finally, they updated us on current investigations and plans for the future. If you were called to be involved in a research team with access to the shroud, and were able to take samples again, what questions would you want to answer? What experiments would you carry out? Shroud Event: On Saturday April 3rd 2021, there will be an extraordinary veneration of the Shroud in the Turin Cathedral, which will be broadcast live around the world on television and on social media platforms: https://www.shroud.com/latebrak.htm Shop: Prof. Colin Humphreys’ The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus https://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/religion/biblical-studies-new-testament/mystery-last-supper-reconstructing-final-days-jesus?format=PB Prof. Peter Wadhams’  A Farewell to Ice https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/118212/peter-wadhams.html Resources: Vatican Observatory Foundation https://www.vofoundation.org/faith-and-science/about/ Christians in Science https://www.cis.org.uk/resources/ Faraday Institute for Science and Religion https://www.faraday.cam.ac.uk Interactive Science and Faith workshops https://gatbb.co.uk
50:16
March 27, 2021
Radio Maria England Science and Faith S1 Ep6
The Biology of Human Life In episode 6 of our Science and Faith series, we tackled questions around the biology of human life. We endeavoured to ask these questions from as many points of view as possible so we invited Prof. John Bryant (Professor Emeritus of Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Exeter), Prof. Allison Krile Thornton (Assistant Professor of Philosophy,The University of South Alabama) and RME Science and Faith’s Catholic Advisor, Fr Robert Verrill. In the first half of the programme, we asked Prof. Bryant whether there is any agreed definition among biologists on what is meant by life and if there are situations where the definition of life is ambiguous. We were also interested to hear about the complexities of the meaning of the word ‘organism’, if a single-celled embryo is a human organism and whether it is a separate organism from a pregnant mother’s body. In the second half, dedicated to philosophy, Prof. Thornon briefly delved into schools of thought which would define ‘life’ very differently. This prompted a discussion about the soul and the distinction between a human being and a person. Finally, Fr Robert walked us through how the Catholic Church’s understanding of when life begins has changed over the centuries. He explained the concept of delayed harmonisation by St Thomas Aquinas. We also discussed scriptural passages on the beginning of life and personhood and what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception can tell us about the biology of life. When does human life begin? Broadcasts: Sunday 5pm, Wednesday 2am, Thursday 11am and Friday 9pm Get in touch: info@radiomariaengland.uk Facebook/Instagram: @radiomariaengland #RMESCIENCEANDFAITH Listen on demand on your podcast platform of choice: https://anchor.fm/scienceandfaith1 Shop Prof. John Bryant https://www.amazon.co.uk/Big-Bang-Biology-where-God/dp/B08N3DLSL9/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&qid=1615926492&refinements=p_27%3AJohn+Bryant&s=books&sr=1-1&text=John+Bryant Resources Vatican Observatory Foundation: https://www.vofoundation.org/faith-and-science/about/ Christians in Science: https://www.cis.org.uk/resources/ Faraday Institute for Science and Religion: https://www.faraday.cam.ac.uk Interactive Science and Faith workshops: https://gatbb.co.uk
50:07
March 20, 2021
Radio Maria England Science and Faith S1 Ep5
Neuroscience, free will and faith In episode 5 of our Science and Faith series, we were joined by Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie (Lecturer in Theology & Science at the University of Edinburgh), Revd Prof. Alasdair Coles (neurologist and ordained priest in the Church of England), and RME Science and Faith’s Catholic Advisor, Fr Robert Verrill. We started this programme with questions aimed at helping us understand the scope of neuroscience, its current big questions, main challenges and future developments. We were fascinated to hear from Prof. Coles about some of the anatomy and mechanisms of the organ central to our conversation, the human brain. It is a vastly complicated structure with different parts, all of them with distinct functions which, at the same time, work together as a whole. Dr Lane Ritchie and Prof. Coles walked us through the role that the brain plays in the conscious control of our actions, as well as different conceptualisations of free will, and, indeed, whether such a thing exists. These concepts were foundational for our section on consciousness and artificial intelligence. Later on, Prof. Coles shared his thoughts and research on near-death experiences. We concluded with Dr Lane Ritchie’s fascinating remarks about the emergence of religion, the nature of religious experiences and why they are interesting from the neural point of view. I am really just my brain? Is religion a mere by-product of our mind? Broadcasts: Sunday 5pm, Wednesday 2am, Thursday 11am and Friday 9pm Get in touch: info@radiomariaengland.uk Facebook/Instagram: @radiomariaengland #RMESCIENCEANDFAITH Shop Revd Prof. Alasdair Coles: https://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/medicine/neurology-and-clinical-neuroscience/neurology-and-religion?format=HB&isbn=9781107082601 Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie: https://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/religion/theology/divine-action-and-human-mind?format=HB Resources Vatican Observatory Foundation https://www.vofoundation.org/faith-and-science/about/ Christians in Science https://www.cis.org.uk/resources/ Faraday Institute for Science and Religion https://www.faraday.cam.ac.uk Interactive Science and Faith workshops https://gatbb.co.uk
51:38
March 13, 2021
Radio Maria England Science and Faith S1 Ep4
Miracles and Divine Action In episode four of our Science and Faith series, we discussed miracles: what they are, how they work, and whether it is reasonable to believe in Divine Action. To tackle these questions we invited three guests: Dr Alessandro de Franciscis – President of The Bureau of Medical Observations at Lourdes, Fr Michael Dodds – a Dominican friar and former Academic Dean at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, and Prof Daniel Bonevac – Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. Generally, when people think about miracles they may recall some stories from the Bible. For example, the Resurrection, or the miracle when Jesus healed the paralytic in Capernaum. Hence, the first part of our conversation focused around our experts’ best-loved miracles and their significance. We learnt that the Catholic Church has a strict procedure to investigate and verify miracles. Dr de Franciscis explained how that unravels for healing cases at Lourdes. It was fascinating to hear that there were no medical relapses with regards to all the cases declared as ‘miracles’ in Lourdes. We also asked our panel of experts about the nature of miracles. In particular, if the belief that the physical world is governed by laws of nature makes it impossible to believe in miracles. One of the highlights of this segment was the discussion around what it means to think of miracles in terms of supernatural agency and how this is different from the way God acts in keeping natural things in existence. Has science made miracles unbelievable? Broadcasts: Sunday 5pm, Wednesday 2am, Thursday 11am and Friday 9pm. Get in touch: info@radiomariaengland.uk Facebook/Instagram: @radiomariaengland #RMESCIENCEANDFAITH Shop Prof Daniel Bonevac’s: https://www.bookdepository.com/author/Daniel-Bonevac; https://www.waterstones.com/author/daniel-bonevac/33869 Fr Michael Dodds': https://www.waterstones.com/author/michael-j-dodds/1289198 Resources Virtual Visit Sanctuary of Lourdes https://www.lourdes-france.org/visite-virtuelle/ Vatican Observatory Foundation https://www.vofoundation.org/faith-and-science/about/ Christians in Science https://www.cis.org.uk/resources/ Faraday Institute for Science and Religion https://www.faraday.cam.ac.uk Interactive Science and Faith workshops https://gatbb.co.uk
01:00:27
March 06, 2021
Radio Maria England Science and Faith S1 Ep3
Modifying our genes. Is it playing God? In episode three of our Science and Faith series, we explore different aspects of the often controversial field of genetic modification. We began with Fr Robert Verrill’s introduction to the Augustinian prelate Gregor Mendel, known as the Father of Genetics, and the empirical data he obtained of trait inheritance in pea plants. We were then in a position to ask Prof. Keith Fox for a definition of the term ‘genetic modification’, which Dr Hilary Yancey followed up by examining some of the reasons why the scientific community is interested in genome manipulation. Lastly, we posed questions about the risks and regulations of genetic engineering. In our theology segment, we addressed whether there is a clear stance on which genetic modifications are morally permissible before moving on to the potential social ramifications of these procedures. This discussion resulted in the acknowledgement of individual gifts, talents, uniqueness and the importance of protecting human life in all its forms. Ultimately, what principles should guide us in determining the appropriate use of genetic modification? Get in touch: info@radiomariaengland.uk Facebook/Instagram: @radiomariaengland #RMESCIENCEANDFAITH Science and Faith will be broadcast Sundays at 5pm, Wednesdays at 2am, Thursdays at 11am and Fridays at 9pm. Biographies: Prof Keith Fox: https://www.faraday.cam.ac.uk/about/people/prof-keith-fox/ Dr Hilary Yancey:https://www.hilaryyancey.com/meet-hilary Fr Robert Verrill: https://www.baylor.edu/philosophy/index.php?id=937448 Shop: Dr Hilary Yancey’s book Forgiving God: A Story of Faith https://www.hilaryyancey.com/the-book Pre-order Prof Keith Fox’s upcoming book Modifying Our Genes: Theology, Science and “Playing God” https://www.amazon.co.uk/Modifying-Our-Genes-Theology-Science/dp/0334059534 https://scmpress.hymnsam.co.uk/books/9780334059530/modifying-our-genes Resources: Vatican Observatory Foundation https://www.vofoundation.org/faith-and-science/about/ Christians in Science https://www.cis.org.uk/resources/ Faraday Institute for Science and Religion https://www.faraday.cam.ac.uk Interactive Science and Faith workshops https://gatbb.co.uk
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February 27, 2021
Radio Maria England Science and Faith S1 Ep2
Creation or Evolution - Do we have to choose? A major breakthrough in 1859, the publication of On The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin lays the ground for evolutionary biology. In episode 2 of our Science and Faith series, Dr Denis Alexander told us about Darwin’s life, his famous voyage aboard HMS Beagle and his faith. Following the brief introduction to the birth of evolutionary biology, Dr Alexander and Fr Nicanor Austriaco (who insisted we call him Fr Nic as his students affectionately do), delighted us with their comprehensive explanations of the theory of evolution and the principles of the various mechanisms underpinning it. Our theology section was split into two overarching themes. Firstly, our experts discussed the way we ought to interpret the book of Genesis particularly events surrounding Adam and Eve. The latter prompted questions about Original Sin and the Doctrine of The Fall in light of evolutionary biology. Then, we explored whether it is fitting for God to “simply create through evolution”, what the purpose of it might be and whether Darwin’s theory of evolution leaves room for human uniqueness and God-bestowed gifts. Can someone be a Christian and believe in creation and evolution? Get in touch: info@radiomariaengland.uk Facebook/Instagram: @radiomariaengland #RMESCIENCEANDFAITH Science and Faith will be broadcast Sundays at 5pm, Wednesdays at 2am, Thursdays at 11am and Fridays at 9pm. Biographies: Dr Denis Alexander https://www.faraday.cam.ac.uk/about/people/dr-denis-alexander/ Fr Nicanor Austriaco https://s3.amazonaws.com/file-storage.INDIVIDUAL-ACTIVITIES-University.digitalmeasures.providence.edu/naustria/pci/AUSTRIACO-CV2018-1.pdf Shop: Dr Denis Alexander’s book Creation or Evolution- do we have to choose? Special Price at £9 https://www.faraday.cam.ac.uk/shop/creation-or-evolution-do-we-have-to-choose-second-edition/ Fr Nicano’s Amazon shop: https://www.amazon.com/Nicanor-Pier-Giorgio-Austriaco/e/B005LWL4FW%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share Resources: Vatican Observatory Foundation https://www.vofoundation.org/faith-and-science/about/ Christians in Science https://www.cis.org.uk/resources/ Faraday Institute for Science and Religion https://www.faraday.cam.ac.uk Interactive Science and Faith workshops https://gatbb.co.uk Thomistic essays on Evolution https://www.thomisticevolution.org/disputed-questions/
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February 18, 2021
Radio Maria England Science and Faith S1 Ep1
Cosmology: From Alpha to Omega The end, the beginning and quite a bit in between… That’s what we explored in our riveting cosmology episode. Our guest  Prof Paul Shellard and in-house science and faith advisors, Fr Robert Verrill and Br Paolo Beltrame, took part in this conversation. We began the discussion by exploring the well-known Big Bang Theory and its Catholic originator Belgian astronomer Fr Georges Lemaître. In an inspiring and reverential way in equal measure, our speakers delved into the physics of the beginning and the end of the universe. They also conversed about other interesting theories, the limits of cosmology and what the future might hold for this scientific endeavour. Theology and apologetics governed the second half of this episode. We addressed if we should draw parallels between Genesis 1 and scientific cosmological theories, how to reconcile the holy scriptures with modern cosmological models and whether they present any problems for Christianity. All in all, does modern cosmology offer humanity ultimate hope? If you would like to listen to the full episode you can do so by tuning into Radio Maria England (check our online schedule) or our podcast format on Spotify! We are incredibly grateful to Prof Shellard for his expertise and contribution to this episode both scientific and spiritual. If you would like to get in touch, email: Facebook/Instagram: @radiomariaengland #RMESCIENCEANDFAITH Science and Faith will be Broadcast Sundays at 5pm, Wednesdays at 2am, Thursdays at 11am and Fridays at 9pm. Biographies: Prof Paul Shellard http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/person/eps1 Fr Robert Verrill https://www.baylor.edu/philosophy/index.php?id=937448 Br Paolo Beltrame https://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/paolo-beltrame(4e74a766-67cf-47d9-a441-bf28d14501d9).html https://www.jesuit.org.uk/blog/re-igniting-intelligent-faith Resources: https://www.vofoundation.org/faith-and-science/about/ https://www.cis.org.uk/resources/ https://www.faraday.cam.ac.uk https://gatbb.co.uk
55:19
February 11, 2021