The Magi Project: Science and Theology
CARL SAGAN, VATICAN ASTRONOMERS AND THE SEARCH FOR ALIEN LIFE IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM
Join us for an evening with Professor Jonathan Lunine as he shares his personal journey along the dual paths of an academic career in solar system physics to fulfill his childhood dream, and his unexpected spiritual journey to the Catholic faith.
SPEAKER: Professor Jonathan Lunine
DATE: November 8th, 2018
TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Stiteler Room B6
COFFEE FROM 6:45 PM
RECEPTION AFTER EVENT
Jonathan Lunine is David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences at Cornell University and the Director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science.
Professor Lunine’s research is focused on the formation and evolution of planets, the processes that could make environments habitable, and the exotic environments that might host a kind of chemistry sophisticated enough to be called “life”.
Professor Lunine works on the Cassini mission to Saturn and the James Webb Space Telescope, and is co-investigator on the Juno mission to Jupiter. He also is the David Baltimore Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and in 2015 was awarded the Jean Dominique Cassini medal of the European Geosciences Union.
MAGI PROJECT PROGRAMS
About the Magi Project
Physical science, which is ordered towards the exploration of the physical world, can neither prove nor disprove the existence of God, who is pure spirit. However, contemplation of the physical Universe can lead people to ask deeper questions about meaning and human existence which can lead them to think deeply about the existence of God and the spiritual life. Contemplation of the Universe can also lead them to develop ideas about God based on their experiences of the physical Universe.
The above idea is highly divisive. Many people believe that modern astrophysical discoveries and ideas about the origin of the Universe exclude the possibility of God. Others cling desperately to a literal interpretation of Genesis and refuse to believe anything of modern science. Somewhere in between is the via media, which embraces both the physical and spiritual realities, which recognizes the distinct, proper contributions, importance and limitations of both.
The Magi Project delivers courses, workshops, lectures and seminars on science and religion.
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The Magi Project welcomes inquiries about science and religion, to get in touch, to discuss an idea for collaboration or to discuss the possibility of hosting a talk or lecture series on science and religion at your institution, email: email@example.com.
The Magi Project was established under the direction of Dr. Marisa March. For her academic background, please see Here.