During a mass for university students in St. Peter’s Basilica, in preparation for Christmas, Pope John Paul II affirmed in his homily: “Man doesn’t journey toward God only through that which is in him: he does so through his incompleteness and defenselessness, and through the transcendent character of his personality, directed towards truth, goodness, and beauty; he does so through culture and science; he does so through the desire for a more humane world, for a world more worthy of man. He approaches the Lord full of his humanity and his earthly life comprised of work, culture, and science, and comprised of his incessant seeking after truth, goodness, beauty, justice, and the love of peace.”
The Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science (ISSN: 2037-2329), 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. Most of these articles were written primarily by European authors and are available here for the first time in English. They offer a unique window into the approaches and perspectives of the European community toward what has become a field of immense cultural significance throughout the world. Each article provides a very readable and comprehensive summary of what is currently being discussed in religion and science on specific topics as well as how these topics have been discussed historically.
In order to make certain documents better known in the scientific community, the Anthology and Documents section provides key materials for study and reflection concerning the dialogue among science, philosophy, and theology. It includes scientists’ essays, masterpieces on the history of science, works of philosophers and theologians, and documents from ancient, medieval, and Renaissance authors, as well as Sacred Scripture and official documents of the Catholic Church and other Christian churches.