I've always been interested in matters of science and of faith. Growing up, it never occured to me that there would be a conflict between faith and science or faith and reason, but as a young adult, these conversations became more and more common - and the consensus among some of my friends was that there is a conflict between faith and science. This is partly because this is what is promoted in the media. What we see in the media (think Dan Brown) about the Church is never really representative of the Church and what we see in media about science (think Star Trek or CSI) is also not truly representative of science. Add to that confusion about creationism, evolution and what really happened to Galileo, among other things.
It was in the last 10 years that I've been giving this much more thought. Certainly while working on our six-part series Creation, issues of faith, reason and science came up regularly. This is why I am very excited about our Perspectives Weekly guest this week: Brother Guy Consolmagno.
Brother Guy is the director of the Vatican Observatory. 'Why does the Vatican have an observatory?' and 'Why do astronomers work for the vatican?' are probably the first questions you may have. But, can you baptise an extraterrestrial? Was there really a Star of Bethlehem? How do we figure out the date of Easter? are also questions that regularly come to the inbox of Brother Guy and other Vatican Astronomners. And this Friday, we will be addressing them all on Perspectives: The Weekly Edition.
Join me as I speak with Brother Guy Consolmagno about these and many other questions related to the intersection of faith and reason, this Friday April 8th, at 7pm & 11pm ET / 4pm & 8pm PT. If you miss it, it will be back on on Sunday, April 10 also at 7pm & 11pm ET / 4pm & 8pm PT.