Description: Topic One – Kresta Comments – Faith as the Oppressor of Science: Mendel vs. Galileo as a Case Study
This week we commemorate the deaths of both Gregor Mendel, an Augustinian monk who is the founder of the science of genetics as well as mathematician, physicist, and astronomer, Galileo Galilei. We take this opportunity to do a case study of the common notion that faith – especially Catholic faith – is in opposition to science. Such a claim could not possibly be more incorrect, and /_Al _/has the evidence.
Topic Two – Global Restrictions on Religion
For more than half a century, the United Nations and numerous international organizations have affirmed the principle of religious freedom. For just as many decades, journalists and human rights groups have reported on persecution of minority faiths, outbreaks of sectarian violence and other pressures on religious individuals and communities in many countries. But until now, there has been no quantitative study that reviews an extensive number of sources to measure how governments and private actors infringe on religious beliefs and practices around the world. //Global Restrictions on Religion//, a new study by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life, finds that 64 nations - about one-third of the countries in the world - have high or very high restrictions on religion. But because some of the most restrictive countries are very populous, nearly 70 percent of the world's 6.8 billion people live in countries with high restrictions on religion, the brunt of which often falls on religious minorities. We look at the study with one of its principal authors, Brian Grim.
Topic Three – The Feast of the Epiphany
The Solemn feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, traditionally occurs on January 6 following the twelve days of Christmas. Epiphany commemorates three scriptural events: the visit of the Magi to the stable of Bethlehem following the nativity of Jesus, Christ's Baptism in the Jordan, and his first miracle at the wedding feast at Cana. This Epiphany article focuses on the significance of the Magi or three wise men who follow the star in search of the King of kings. We look at these events with apologist Marcellino D’Ambrosio.