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1870

The Dogmatic Constitution Dei Filius was signed by the First Vatican Council. The document explicitly addressed the relationship between faith and reason. An excerpt states: “The Church is so far from objecting to the culture of the human arts and sciences, that it aids and promotes this cultivation in many ways. For, it is not ignorant of, nor does it despise the advantages flowing therefrom into human life; nay, it confesses that, just as they have come forth from ‘God, the Lord of knowledge’ (1 Kings 2:3), so, if rightly handled, they lead to God by the aid of His grace.”

1990

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. Thanks to the observations taken from this first ever orbiting optical telescope, the astronomical community gathered important data in the fields of cosmology and stellar evolution. The extraordinary images taken by the Hubble Telescope that have been viewed around the world have contributed to a renewed sense of marvel and awe at the grandeur of the cosmos of which man and the Earth are a part.

Joseph Ratzinger's 90 years: suggested readings between Faith and Reason

Reflections on the Foundations of Law, Visit to the Bundestag, Berlin (2011)

Discourse and Homily for the Beatification of John Henry Newman, London - Birmingham (2010)

Lecture prepared for the visit to the University "La Sapienza", Rome (2008)

Speech delivered at the Catholic University of America, Washington (2008)

The Truth of ChristianityLecture given at the University of Sorbonne, Paris (1999)


"The Language of God": on the bestseller book written in 2006 by the head of the Human Genome Project

Selected texts from The Language of God. A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief:

- What I Ask to Believers and Scientists
- Cristianity's Reasons of Credibility for a Scientist

God vs. Science, R. Dawkins and F. Collins interviewed by D. Cray (2006)

The Scientist as Believer, Francis Collins interviewed by J. Horgan (2009)

What is the BioLogos Project?


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.