Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Faith v. Science: Father Gregor Mendel's 189th Birthday

If you have been to the google home page today, then you have seen the "google" name doodled from the shape of pea-pods in honor of the father (in more than one sense of the word) of modern genetics, Father Gregor Mendel.  What is often not mentioned about this founding father is that he was a Catholic Priest.

There isn't enough room in all the libraries of the world to give a full count of the silly faith v. science argument.  As it is evident in Father Gregory Mendel, as well as countless other priests, that faith and science do fit together nicely.  What has happened to me is that my faith actually stirs within me a curiosity about the world in which I live.  I like to think that others, like Fr. Mendel, have had similar experiences.

For a laundry list of contributions that men of the cloth have made to not only the scientific community but also the world, I recommend reading Thomas Wood's, How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization.  It is an easy and informative read.

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