It happened on AUGUST 19

1662

Blaise Pascal died in Paris. A French philosopher, apologist, and scientist, he was one of the major thinkers who tried to apply reason to faith, without yielding to rationalism. He engaged in important studies on cones, combinatorics calculus, and the physics of fluids. Engaged in a vibrant and profound spiritual life, his reflections were gathered posthumously together in the Pensées, which to this day remains a masterpiece of human thought on the relationship between faith and reason.

1994

Linus C. Pauling died in Big Sur (California). An American chemist, he won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 for his study of the structure of proteins. His scientific research revolved around the study of chemical bonding, applying quantum mechanics to the study of organic molecules (such as hemoglobin in sickle cell anemia). For his dedicated work in opposing nuclear experimentations, he was given the Nobel Peace Prize n 1962."

700 years from the birth of St. Bonaventure

The Philosophy of St. Bonaventure On Creation, Etienne Gilson (1938)

The six forms of Light unified in the unique divine creation, from On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology (1255-1257)

On the Steps of Ascension into God and on the Sight of Him Through His Vestiges in the Universe, from The Journey of the Mind into God (1259)

On the Sight of God in His Vestiges in the Sensible World, from The Journey of the Mind into God (1259)


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.