Since time immemorial, there have been debates about science and religion—some non-believers go to lengths as to saying that the Bible is proof that religion is not backed up by any scientific phenomenon.
However, it must be remembered that the Bible is not a scientific book and therefore should not be seen as such. It is also notable that in a 2009 survey, over half of the scientists surveyed believed in some sort of deity or higher power. (Read: 3 Priests in the PH Who Are Also Accomplished Scientists)
Here are three instances that reconcile science and faith.
A Catholic Priest First Suggested the Big Bang Theory
The best-supported theory of our universe’s origin is an event known as the big bang. This theory was born of the observation that other galaxies are moving away from our own at great speed in all directions. What many people don’t know is that it was a Belgian priest named Georges Lemaître who first suggested the big bang theory in the 1920s. He theorized that the universe began from a single primordial atom. He was also a physicist and an astronomer. (Read: Pope Francis to Sign New Encyclical on October 3)
The Vatican Has Its Own Observatory
The Vatican owns one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world. (Read: An Exclusive Look Inside the Vatican Observatory) The Vatican Observatory traces its roots back to the time of Pope Gregory XIII in 1582, but the modern version of it was established by Pope Leo XIII in 1891 “so that everyone might see clearly that the Church and her Pastors are not opposed to true and solid science, whether human or divine, but that they embrace it, encourage it, and promote it with the fullest possible devotion.” A research center of the observatory is also located in Arizona, USA.
The Church Funds Stem Cell Research
It has been widely believed that the Church opposes stem cell research. However, the Church does not oppose it per se, but is against research that involves the intentional killing of human embryos. (Read: Church Applauds Cancellation of Vaccine Made From Aborted Fetuses) Stem cell research that does not involve killing embryos is even funded by the Church. In at least two international conferences stem cell research funded by the Church has actually developed into treatments that saved human lives.