Newman President on Catholic Faith and Science
, December 2, 2019
“Too often people see science and faith as being at odds with each other. Nothing could be further from the truth for a Catholic,” writes Patrick Reilly at the National Catholic Register.
Reilly’s organization publishes the Newman Guide for Choosing a Catholic College. Reilly’s family chose Benedictine College as the school for their oldest son, Ian, Raven class of 2022.
“Can a college that teaches theology and philosophy be good at teaching science?” Reilly asks.
“St. John Paul II thought so!” he answers. “He urged Catholic colleges to address the most pressing needs of society in science and technology, teaching students to see how faith and reason “’bear harmonious witness to the unity of all truth.’”
Reilly goes on to report new developments in the sciences at Catholic colleges recommended in the Newman Guide, starting by quoting Stephen D. Minnis’ words in the Gregorian.
“We believe faith, morality and ethics are just as important in the sciences as in every other part of our lives. They cannot be separated,” said Minnis. Benedictine’s students do “not have to check their faith at the door of the science building,”
Adds Reilly: “The College recently opened a new 100,000-square-foot state of the art STEM building, the culmination of an impressive three-year project. Students and faculty expect that the new facility will open the door to involvement in even more major research projects.”
A picture of Westerman Hall at its dedication earlier this fall is featured above.
“Students can find the best of both worlds in a faithful Catholic college,” Reilly adds. “They can receive a solid liberal arts education while choosing majors like chemical, civil and mechanical engineering.”
Read the rest at the National Catholic Register. Read more about faith an science at Benedictine College here.
Patrick Reilly is helping create Benedictine College’s new strategic plan, which aims to Transform Culture in America. Meet Reilly’s son, a Benedictine College sophomore majoring in Architecture, here and here.
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