It happened on JULY 6

1885
Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) used a rabies vaccine on a human for the first time. He treated a boy who had been bitten numerous times by a rabid dog. The decision to undertake the experiment involved certain difficulties, and Pasteur performed it not without hesitation. He was a scientist with a profound religious faith who was also aware of the ethical questions the decision entailed. Ultimately, however, his five-year study of rabies gave him sufficient confidence in the treatment he developed. The experiment contributed to extending Pasteur’s fame throughout the world.


The Rainbow between Science and Religion

400° Anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s Letter to Madame Christina of Lorraine (1615)

The full text of the Letter
 
The Notion od Scientific Proof in Galileo’s Letter to Christina, from “The Rethoric of Proof in Galileo’s Writings on the Copernican System” (1985), by Jean Dietz Moss

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.