Articles/Discussions

PUBLICATION SCHEDULE: SCS posts articles by scientists and other scholars every month from September through December and from February through May. These appear at the beginning of each month. 

Members of SCS can discuss these articles on the SCS Member Forum.  When possible (and this will be announced each month) the authors of these articles will participate in these discussions to the extent their time permits for a week after the article is posted.  Anyone, whether an SCS member or not, can send in a question for the authors of these articles to smpbarr@gmail.com  The most interesting questions will be forwarded to the authors, and (if they choose to respond) the questions and responses (as well as excerpts from the most interesting Member Forum discussions about an article) will be posted below the article. 

SUBMISSION POLICY FOR ARTICLES:  To submit an SCS website article, send the manuscript in Word to the Editorial Committee at smpbarr@gmail.com.  You will receive an acknowledgement that it has been received, but no other communication unless the Committee decides provisionally to publish your article.  Please do not submit your article simultaneously to other publications. However, if you do not hear from the Editorial Committee within eight weeks, you are free to submit your article elsewhere. Texts of manuscripts should be between 1,500 and 4,000 words.  Please put any references or footnotes at the end of the text of the article, not at the foot of each page.

AUTHORS DO NOT HAVE TO BE MEMBERS OF SCS OR CATHOLIC:   While most of the articles we publish are by members of SCS or "Scholar Asociates" of SCS, we also have articles by non-Catholic authors.  

COMING UP IN FEB-MAY 2021:  Articles by Sofia Carozza, Peter Harrison, Michael Tkacz, Aaron Schurger.   

 

Items

A Brief History of Catholic Evolutionism

Prof. Kemp gives an overview of the history of Catholic evolutionist thinking and the Church's reception of it.

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A Physicist's Faith

A republication of a 1946 article by Physics Nobel Prize winner Victor F. Hess, in which he discusses his Catholic faith.

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Christian Foundations of the Idea of Laws of Nature

A historian expains how the concept of "laws of nature" has roots in Christian belief.  

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Confession of a Catholic Neuroscientist

A Catholic scientist explains how scientific work can be a training ground for a life of faith.

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Monsignor Georges Lemaître, Originator of the Big Bang Theory

The scientific community is now recognizing the enormous achievement of the humble priest (and brilliant theoretical physicist) Georges Lemaître who proposed the Big Bang theory 90 years ago.

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On What Atheists Say There Is

Some people argue that it is irrational to believe in God, since his existence cannot be tested empirically.  Does this argument make philosophical sense?

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“Nothing but…” Reductionism is Not Good Science: Why I as a neuroscientist reject reductionism.

A neuroscientist explains why he rejects the radical reductionism that claims to explain away the mind as "nothing but" the motion of matter..

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God and Cosmic Order

The orderliness, lawfulness, harmony and beauty of the cosmos gives evidence of God.  

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Adam and Eve and Evolution

Prof. Kemp reviews a recent book on how to reconcile traditional Christian teaching about Adam and Eve and Original Sin with the facts about human origins discovered by modern evolutionary biology and genertics.

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The Catholic Tradition and Science

This article explores two consistent principles that have guided her understanding of the relation of faith and science.  This is a sequel to the article "The Faith-Science War Debunked."

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The Faith-Science "War" Debunked

This article explores the 19th-century origins of the myth that the Church has historically been "at war" with modern science.  This is the first of a pair of articles: the second is "The Catholic Tradition and Science."

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St. Augustine and the Beginning of Time

St. Augustine was fifteen centuries ahead of his time in his thinking on the nature of time.

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What if modern science had started differently?

The Copernican Revolution was not what you think.

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Science, Beauty and Contemplation

The real roots of science lie in wonder at the beauty of the cosmos, which also the cure to reductionism ideology.

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Saint John Henry Newman: A Co-patron for Scientists?

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Christianity in Scientific Mythology

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