Session Two

History of Faith and Science

December 2, 2011

Pre-Session Content, Presentation, Resources



Documents              Resources       

Church History Radio Series

posted Jan 1, 2012, 5:46 PM by Fr. Kevin Vogel

If you are a Church history enthusiast, you can listen to a series of radio shows on Church history given by Fr. Michael Witt.  Fr. Witt taught me Church history during my time at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.  He has radio shows that cover the entire expanse of the time of the Church.  They are very good and go into great detail.  The shows can be downloaded as mp3 files.

Here is a link to a specific show that deals with some science.

Presentation with Audio

posted Dec 11, 2011, 7:08 PM by Fr. Kevin Vogel

I wanted to let you know that the second session on the history between faith and science contains audio.  You will see the place to start the audio when you go through the prezi presentation.

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Science & Faith Conference

posted Dec 11, 2011, 7:07 PM by Fr. Kevin Vogel

We are not the only ones discussing the topic of science and faith.  As we were meeting for our second session on the history of faith and science, a conference was being held at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.  The conference was entitled:  Science & Faith Conference: Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?  Follow the link for more details about what their topics were.  Unfortunately, I don't think the talks will be available to those unable to attend the conference.

How the Church Built Western Civilization: Science

posted Dec 4, 2011, 9:12 AM by Fr. Kevin Vogel

An extraordinary series on the true history of the Catholic Church as the great Builder of Western Civilization, hosted by distinguished World Historian, Dr. Thomas E. Woods, Jr., author of the best-selling book "How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization." The first video gives some background, but if you want to skip ahead to the parts on science, go to the second video.










Episode 1: Introduction

Episode 1 Video 1


Beginning at 1:30 in this second video, Dr. Woods begins discussing reason and the sciences.  At 5:56, Did the Catholic Church think the earth was flat?

Episode 1 Video 2


Did the Catholic Church think the earth was flat?, ends at 1:40 in the third video.  At 5:10 there is a preview of what will be in the next video, all on The Church and Science.

Episode 1 Video 3


Episode 2: Church and Science

Episode 2 begins the in-depth discussion on science and the Church.  At 3:42, how Wisdom 11:21 is important for the development of science - the universe is orderly.  At 9:30, what about miracles?

Episode 2 Video 1


Continues on miracles.  At 1:14 why Islamic civilization was limited in the theoretical sciences.  At 5:30, the Cathedral School at Chartres - the importance of reason and mathematics.

Episode 2 Video 2


Begins with Newton's use of mathematics.  At 0:55 the non-divinity of the world.

Episode 2 Video 3


Episode 3: Priest Scientists

Episode 3 continues the history of the Church and science.  Now learn about many priest scientists.  At 5:08 Roger Bacon.  At 7:00 St. Albert the Great, patron of scientists.  At 8:08 Blessed Fr. Nicholas Steno.  At 8:34 Jesuit scientists.

Episode 3 Video 1


Begins with more on Jesuit scientists.  At 9:07 the history of modern cathedrals and basilicas - functioning also as solar observatories.

Episode 3 Video 2


Continues on cathedrals as solar observatories.  At 2:52, What about Galileo?

Episode 3 Video 3


Episode 4: Galileo

Episode 4 reads between the lines in the Galileo case.  Begins with the background on the Geocentric and Heliocentric theories.  At 7:19 Galileo.

Episode 4 Video 1


Episode 4 Video 2


Episode 4 Video 3




Presentation 2

posted Dec 4, 2011, 9:11 AM by Fr. Kevin Vogel   [ updated Dec 4, 2011, 9:16 AM ]

Here is the presentation for the second session on the history of the interaction between the Church and science. For best viewing scroll to the right to find the "More" button and choose "Full screen."  (If you happen to get an error message, just click out of it.  It should still work.)  I recorded audio so I am working on getting it uploaded as well.


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