It happened on SEPTEMBER 1

1648

Marin Mersenne died in Paris. A French religious, philosopher, and physicist, he acted as a liason between a number of the scientists and thinkers of his time, such as Fermat, Gassendi, and Pascal. He defended Descartes and Galileo against criticism from theologians and fought against pseudo-sciences such as astrology and alchemy.

2006

The Church celebrate today the "World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation”, proclaimed on August 2015 by Pope Francis for all the Catholic Church. Formerly instituted by the Italian Conference of Bishops, the goal of this day is to highlight the importance that the “ecological question” bears in our age, with all of its ethical and social implications. It serves as an invitation to consider nature a gift from the Creator, a gift that must be protected and through which it is possible to ascent to Him who has given it. As we read in Laudato Si': “If the simple fact of being human moves people to care for the environment of which they are a part, Christians in their turn “realize that their responsibility within creation, and their duty towards nature and the Creator, are an essential part of their faith”. It is good for humanity and the world at large when we believers better recognize the ecological commitments which stem from our convictions."

Einstein and Lemaître: 50° Anniversary of George's Lemaître's death (1849-1966) and 100 years of Albert Einstein's General Relativity (1916)

Einstein and Lemaître, two friends, two cosmologies..., by Dominique Lambert
When I met Albert Einstein, by George Lemaître (1957)
Relativity, theory of, by Alberto Strumia
The Pius XII - Lemaître Affair (1951-1952) on Big Bang and Creation, by G. Tanzella-Nitti
VIDEO - Atv5: Georges Lemaitre, Monseigneur Big Bang


Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science

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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.