The CSC's Science and Faith Program
The Science and Faith program is a community-focused project that brings to light the intertwining of scientific study and religion to the greater CSC and Washington University communities. It will include opportunities for the CSC's scientific community to come together to learn, discuss, and grow through talks, book discussions, and other events.
Can Science Disprove God?
The following talk by Father Robert Spitzer, S.J. was given on Sept. 30th, 2013 at the CSC entitled: "From Nothing to Cosmos: Can Science Disprove God?"
2013-2014 Young Catholic Scholars
George Rizk is a junior studying Neuroscience through the Biology department at Washington University in St. Louis. He sought out the Science and Faith program because he desires to discover the deeper connections between everyday applications of science and God, and how the two are integrated. He wants to truly see the reflection of faith in his scientific work, but also understand science as a part of the entirety of his faith. He hopes to pursue Physical Therapy after graduating, and believes that the Science and Faith program can assist in his journey of finding the joy and motivation to fully embrace his faith and his career. He is eager to enrich his understanding of the intersections of science and faith through the CSC community and through science mentors. Around the CSC, he is involved in Freshman Welcome team, Awakening, LXG, and Spikeball. He loves the people and camaraderie at the CSC, and a favorite pastime of his is to have meaningful conversations with others. He is an intramural soccer player, and works at a Surgery lab on the WashU Medical campus. He enjoys salsa dancing, biking through Forest Park, bowling, camping, singing, cooking, and reveling in the company of friends and family. He is looking forward to a wonderful year of spiritual and intellectual growth, and an opportunity to discuss and share new discoveries of faith with the CSC community.
Alex Dressler is a senior from St. Louis studying both chemistry and mathematical statistics. He has had the pleasure of being an RA, a member of Chimes Junior Honorary, and executive for Campus Y, and an executive for CS40. This year, he is excited to dive deeper into the connection between faith and science. He has always held this idea in his head while studying for classes, but he believes that a more in depth approach will reveal incredible connections between the two and strengthen his faith throughout the process. After school, he hopes to attend medical school after a gap year, where he hopes to study anesthesiology.
2012-2013 Young Catholic Scholars
Thanks to the Scientists in Congregations grant from the Templeton Foundation, Michael Harries and Emily Kenney have been awarded $2500 scholarships to be our Second Young Catholic Scholars. These two students have been going on a personal journey of faith and growth through theological and scientific study with the Young Catholic Scholars Program Directors, Sr. Amy Hereford and Dr. Irene Schulze. This journey is organized around the study of Ilia Delio’s Christ in Evolution. In addition to their studies, they are spearheading the planning of the Science and Faith program events.
Michael Harries is a senior studying neuroscience through the Biology Department. On campus he is a member of GlobeMed, Strive for College, and is a Gephardt Institute for Public Service Civic Scholar. His questions of faith and science have been piqued through his research experience in a pediatric lab where he studied a neonatal disease and in a neurosurgery lab where he is currently studying the after effects of stroke. He hopes to attend medical school after graduation. In addition to his passion for science Michael enjoys playing soccer, running and reading. He is very thankful for the opportunity to further explore the intersection of his faith and his studies.
Emily Kenney is a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. “I applied to be a Young Catholic Scholar, because I earnestly seek to both discuss and discover the connections between faith and science.” During her freshman year at Wash U, she was challenged by friends and acquaintances who discussed their questions about faith – about Bible quotes that they didn’t understand and about disagreements between religion and their education in science. She strongly desire to educate herself as well as help individuals find peace between the two areas in their life and learn how science and faith can intertwine and support one another. In addition to the CSC, she is Internal Vice President of the Sophomore Honor Society (Lambda Sigma), Course Assistant for the Freshman Engineering Seminar (EN120), and MERIT (Medical Equipment Restorers In Training) through Engineering World Health. She enjoys smiling, dancing, ice cream, singing, community service, laughing, tennis, and spending time with friends and family! She has already benefited immensely from the opportunity of being a Young Catholic Scholar, and hopes to share her discussions with others in the CSC community.
2011-2012 Young Catholic Scholars
David Bundy is a fourth year PhD student in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Washington University and has been a member of the CSC community since he came to Washington University in 2008. His research is focused on understanding how the brain controls movements so those brain signals can be used to develop novel neuroprosthetic devices for patients suffering from motor impairments such as stroke, spinal cord injury, or ALS, and he hopes to one day run his own research lab as a professor. When not working in the lab or reading, David enjoys running, playing the guitar, or hanging out with his amazing wife Elizabeth.
Joe McDonald is a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering with a Minor in Health Care Management. On campus, he is a member of Sigma Nu and is a member of both the Ultimate Frisbee and Triathlon Club teams. Also, he plays drum set for CSC services. He started playing drums at mass in high school at Chaminade College Preparatory here in St. Louis, Missouri. It was there that his biology teacher first introduced him to the tough questions regarding the Church and science. He is very excited to be a part of this program, and is looking forward to the overall experience.
Below is a list of books that the Young Catholic Scholars, or others interested in the intersection of Faith and Science have recommended to the community. Many of these can be found in the CSC Library.
Christ in Evolution by Ilia Delio
The Emergent Christ by Ilia Delio
The Sacred Depths of Nature by Ursula Goodenough
A Window to the Divine by Zachary Hayes
If you would like more information on the Science and Faith Program, or the Young Catholic Scholars program in general, please contact a member of our staff, (314-935-9191 or this page), who will forward your inquiry or comment as needed. Thank you.