It happened on AUGUST 25

1776

The philosopher David Hume died in Edinburgh (Scotland). He belonged to the current of British empiricism prevalent at his time, and his thought influenced successive interpretations of the relationship between faith and reason, forming the basis, together with Kant, for modern agnosticism. He questioned the possibility of miracles and is most noted for his critique of the principle of causality. While Descartes was particularly struck by the role of “method” in the mathematical demonstration of the natural sciences and sought to use it in philosophical reasoning as well, Hume emphasized the “empirical” aspect of the new scientific method, establishing a naturalistic approach—which was in fact materialist and mechanistic—to reality, an approach that formed the basis for the epistemological reductionism of the physical-mathematical sciences that is still largely present today.

Einstein and Lemaître: 50° Anniversary of George's Lemaître's death (1849-1966) and 100 years of Albert Einstein's General Relativity (1916)

Einstein and Lemaître, two friends, two cosmologies..., by Dominique Lambert
When I met Albert Einstein, by George Lemaître (1957)
Relativity, theory of, by Alberto Strumia
The Pius XII - Lemaître Affair (1951-1952) on Big Bang and Creation, by G. Tanzella-Nitti
VIDEO - Atv5: Georges Lemaitre, Monseigneur Big Bang


Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science

The Encyclopedia, published by the Centro di Documentazione Interdisciplinare di Scienza e Fede operating at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, provides new, scholarly articles in the rapidly growing international field of Religion and Science (ISSN: 2037-2329).

Anthology and Documents

In order to make some relevant documents better known in the scientific community, the section provides key materials for study and reflection concerning the dialogue among science, philosophy, and theology.