and how that connection reinforces the truth of the Catholic Faith.
Here are two books, covering what at first sight are unconnected topics, in which leading figures in their respective fields explain how each is consistent with Catholic teaching.
First, Modern Physics, Ancient Faith by Stephen M Barr. This is the best book about science and faith that I have ever read, bar (if you’ll forgive the pun) none. It is often supposed that science and faith are in conflict with each other. I have found that both people of faith and people who do not believe in God can hold this erroneous view (which in Christians leads, for example, to an irrational suspicion of science, the industrial revolution and modern medicine; which in turn reinforces an irrational view of religion by non-believers as superstition that rejects science). In this book Prof. Barr, who is a research physicist, lucidly explains how the conflict is not between science and faith, but between faith and the philosophy of scientific materialism. (Scientific materialism says that only science which is an investigation of the material world, can demonstrate truth). He is not the first to explain this, although the book is worth reading just for his clarity on the subject. It is when Professor Barr goes on to explain advances in physics since the turn of the 20th century that this book becomes most interesting. He describes how these advances consistent with traditional ideas about the cosmos as articulated by the Fathers of the Church in a way that classical physics up to the 19th century was not. Also, as he explains, these advances formulated by figures such as Albert Einstein and Nils Bohr,actually undermine traditional scientific materialism as a philosophy. He considers about half a dozen developments in past classical science, looking for example at Big Bang and quantum physics, and explains in layman’s terms what characterizes them and then demonstrates how they reinforce the Faith of the Church Fathers. Modern Physics, Ancient Faith is very clear and readable. If I had my way, I would make it part of the core curriculum of every general Catholic education.
Second is an introduction to a form of free market economics called Austrian economics by the economist Harry Veryser. His book is called It Didn’t Have to Be This Way: Why Boom and Bust is Unnecessary and How the Austrian School of Economics Breaks (Read More)