Liturgical festivity of Blessed John Paul II (1978-2005). Died on April 2, 2005, was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on May 1, 2011. A specific section of this site hosts its main contributions to the dialogue between theology and scientific thought.
Pope John Paul II wrote the message for the 60th anniversary of the refounding of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences: the document referred, for the first time, to the theories of biological evolution as established scientific frameworks, and not as mere hypotheses, a term which his predecessor Pope Pius XII had used in 1950.
The Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science (ISSN: 2037-2329), 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. Most of these articles were written primarily by European authors and are available here for the first time in English. They offer a unique window into the approaches and perspectives of the European community toward what has become a field of immense cultural significance throughout the world. Each article provides a very readable and comprehensive summary of what is currently being discussed in religion and science on specific topics as well as how these topics have been discussed historically.
In order to make certain documents better known in the scientific community, the Anthology and Documents section provides key materials for study and reflection concerning the dialogue among science, philosophy, and theology. It includes scientists’ essays, masterpieces on the history of science, works of philosophers and theologians, and documents from ancient, medieval, and Renaissance authors, as well as Sacred Scripture and official documents of the Catholic Church and other Christian churches.