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Christmas readings

On the difference between Platonists and Christianity concerning the doctrine of the Logos, Confessions, Book VII, c. 9, Augustine of Hippo (397-400)
The design of God in the incarnation, Sermons, XXII, 1-2, Leo the Great (461)
The Christmas Sun, Hugo Rahner (1963)
He became a man, Benedict XVI (2013)

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

IV Centenary of the Index Congregation's Decree on Heliocentrism (1616)

A Global Lab. Religion among Scientists in International Context.
A survey on the religiosity of scientists provided by the RICE University, Texas, December 2015


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

What is the Metaphysics of Light?

The Metaphysics of Light (2002), by Caroline Ewa Schültzinger

On Light or the Beginning of Forms: the metaphysics of light according to Robert Grosseteste (1168 ca. -1253)

 The six forms of Light unified in the unique divine creation: from Reductio artium in    theologiam (1255) by Bonaventure of Bagnoregio

 The nature of light in the context of creation: from Thomas Aquinas’ Summa theologiae (1265-1274) 

2015: On the International Light Year

2015: The Year of Light is here!, by G. Tanzella-Nitti
At the dawn of scientific questions on the nature of light: Selected Queries from Isaac Newton’s Opticks (1704)
Old and new perspectives in the theory of light: The nature of light and radiation according to L. de Broglie, Light and Matter (1937)

Are science and religion compatible or incompatible for the Italians?

The results of a recent survey:

Perception of the Italians about the compatibility between science and faithby Matteo Bonato, Department of Physics and Astronomy “G. Galilei”, University of Padua, Italy

John Paul II's (1978-2005) Canonization, April 27

2013: Year of Faith

Do Scientists speak of God? A Selection of Texts from the Present and the Past

Year of Faith

Charles R. Darwin, A Selection of Letters on God’s Existence and the Theory of Evolution (1860-1879)

Werner K. Heisenberg, Science and Religion (1927)

Theodosius Dobzhanski, Humanism and Humanity (1967)

Allan R. Sandage, Reflections on Religious Belief (1997)

Francis Collins, The Scientist as Believer (2009)

What Scientists Really Think (2010), by Elaine Howard Ecklund

50° Anniversary of the Opening of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965)

Year of FaithSecond Vatican Council’s Message to Scientists, December 8, 1965

The Teachings of the Vatican Council II on Faith and Culture: a Concise Introduction and a Selection of Texts, by G. Tanzella-Nitti

Key-points of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1997) concerning Faith, Reason and Scientific Knowledge

The Official English web site on the Year of Faith

2012: 350th Anniversary: Blaise Pascal's Death (1623 - 1662)

Blaise Pascal

Pascal on Faith and Reason: Thoughts beyond the Wager, by Luca Arcangeli

The Inescapable Human Reflection on the Ultimante Questions, from Penseés, fragments B 194 - B 195

Faith and Reason in Blaise Pascal’s Memorial, from R. Guardini, Pascal For Our Time (1935)

Science and Religion in Blaise Pascal's Life, from W.R. Shea, Designing Experiments and Games of Chance (2003)

The complete English text of Pascal's Penseés (Thoughts), from Bartleby Great Books on line

First Centenary of Alan Turing's birth (1912-1954)

Alan Turing


John D. Barrow, Computability and Turing’ Machine, from The World within the World (1988)

A. Turing’s historical article: Computing Machinery and Intelligence, in Mind (1950)

The official Alan Turing’s Centenary web site



John Paul II's Beatification, May 1, 2011

Faith Must Become Culture: John Paul II’s Legacy to Intellectuals and Scientists, by Joaquín Navarro-Valls

John Paul II on Science and Religion: A Deeply Appreciative Reflection, by Robert J. Russell


In Homage to John Paul II: Thoughts on Science and Religion

John Paul II’s Teachings on Faith, Culture and Scientific Thought on this web site

John Paul II’s Beatification official site

John Paul II on Facebook