It happened on FEBRUARY 11


The philosopher and mathematician René Descartes died in Stockholm. A key figure in the modern age for his understanding of the relationships between faith and reason, and spirit and matter, Descartes gave rise to the idealistic turn of modern philosophy. As a scientist, he authored important contributions to analytic geometry.


In 1799, Pavia Lazzaro Spallanzani died in Pavia (Italy). He was an experimental biologist, scientist, and physiologist. A Catholic priest, he authored works of great importance in the field of natural science. He definitively refuted the theory of spontaneous generation.

A Global Lab. Religion among Scientists in International Context.
A survey on the religiosity of scientists provided by the RICE University, Texas, December 2015

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.