Preface

Essay 1: The Catholic Church—Midwife and Nursemaid to Science

SECTION 1: Prologue: the Greek World

SECTION 2: St. Augustine, a Theologian for our Times

SECTION 3: The Medieval Church, Midwife and Nursemaid to Science

SECTION 4: Science “versus” the Church?

Essay 2: Ways of Knowing; The Limits of Science

SECTION 1: Faith and Revelation

SECTION 2: Rational Inquiry

SECTION 3: What Science Is All About

SECTION 4: The Limits of Science—What Science Can’t Tell Us

Essay 3: Cosmology and Creatio ex Nihilo

SECTION 1: Creatio ex Nihilo—Theology

SECTION 2: In the Beginning—Cosmology

SECTION 3: Intersections—Theology and Cosmology

Essay 4: The Anthropic Principle—Are We Special?

SECTION 1: The Anthropic Principle—General Considerations

SECTION 2: Evidence from Physics 

SECTION 3: Evidence from Chemistry and Planetary Science

SECTION 4: Evidence from Molecular Biology 

Essay 5: Evolution; No War between the Church and Science

SECTION 1: What is Catholic Teaching on Evolution?

SECTION 2: Evolution, Theories and facts

SECTION 3: Final Thoughts—A Summary

Essay 6: Can a Computer Have a Soul?

SECTION 1: Catholic Teaching about the Soul

SECTION 2: What Philosophers Say about the Soul

SECTION 3: Science Fiction Stories about Computer Souls

Essay 7: Miracles

SECTION 1: What is a Miracle?

SECTION 2: Examples of Miracles

SECTION 3: How the Church Judges Miracles

SECTION 4: Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles?

Essay 8: Does Science Tell Us How to Live? 

SECTION 1: A Look back and ahead

SECTION 2: Should the Church Meddle in Science?

SECTION 3: What Biology and Catholic Teaching Us about the Sanctity of Life

SECTION 4: Genetic Modifications of Humans—Designer Babies

SECTION 5: Summing up—the Questions Science Can’t Answer

Science Background

SECTION 1:  The Physics of Motion

SECTION 2:  Thermodynamics—the Science of Energy

SECTION 3:  Astronomy, Special and General Relativity

SECTION 4:  Elements of Probability, Chemistry, Molecular Biology

SECTION 5:  Geology, Paleontology

SECTION 6:  Elements of Neuroscience

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