Science: Homily for Memorial of Saint Paul Miki, February 6, 2017

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Readings for today

When science and religion are discussed today, they are often seen as polar opposites.  From the snarky side that sometimes is science, it can be the case that religion is seen as unnecessary.  Some expressions of religion believe the only purpose of science is to undermine religion.  That is really odd, since so many scientific discoveries were made by people of faith.

Most know about the Big Bang Theory, but not many are aware that it was first proposed by a Jesuit priest, also a physicist, Fr. Georges Lamaitre, who called it the Cosmic Egg.  Our understanding of genetics comes from an Augustinian Monk, Fr. Gregor Mendel.  Copernicus was a man of faith.  The Vatican has an academy of the sciences.

So it is not surprising that the first reading, which speaks of creation, and the gospel which speaks of meaning are together in Scripture.  We believe, as Catholics, that both science and faith are about the quest and search for the truth.  Both the study of the natural world and the quest for faith are important ways we learn about God and the world.

While science can tell us what happens, science is simply not equipped to tell us why something happened, or what it means, or what its purpose is.  So the next time you hear someone say science and religion do not go together, remind them that both science and religion are meant to seek the truth, together.

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