It happened on SEPTEMBER 30


St. Jerome, a Doctor of the Church, born 347, died. Today is his liturgical feast. He is credited with the first Latin translation of the entire Bible from original texts and with the first systematic, scientific approach to the biblical text. He had a profound spiritual veneration for the Word of God and for its Christological dimension, maintaining that “ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”

Etienne Bonnot de Condillac was born in Grenoble. He was a philosopher, psychologist, pedagogist, and epistemologist. He received a degree in theology, and in 1740 entered the Society of Jesus. Thanks to his use of logic and algebra, he contributed to developing the analytical rigor of scientific language, applying it to the taxonomy and classifications of various disciplines, as well as to the emerging structure of chemistry.

Pope Pius XII promulgated the encyclical Divino Afflante Spiritu in which he elucidated the literary forms and senses present in Sacred Scripture, reaffirming the freedom of biblical scholarship’s inquiry within the Church’s profession of faith.


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).

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