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Do the Big Bang and Faith Collide?

How Science, Philosophy and Catholic Theology Explain the Origins of the Universe

2019-2020 Catholic Women’s League Annual Lecture in Catholic Studies by Adam D. Hincks, SJ

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
7:00 – 9:00 pm
McGivney Hall, M100
St. Mary’s University

This keynote lecture will present what science and theology have to say about where the cosmos comes from, and argue that any notion of an irreconcilable ‘collision’ between scientific theories of the Universe and the Christian doctrine of creation is really due to misunderstandings about what each discipline properly has to say about the world.

Adam D. Hincks
A few years ago, Stephen Hawking and fellow-physicist Leonard Mlodinow famously said that the existence of the universe can be explained ‘purely within the realm of science’. ‘It is not necessary,’ they explained, ‘to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going’. Such a claim challenges a long philosophical and theological tradition that argues that the fundamental origin of the Universe can only be God. Who is right? In this talk, I will present what science and theology have to say about where the cosmos comes from, and argue that any notion of an irreconcilable ‘collision’ between scientific theories of the Universe and the Christian doctrine of creation is really due to misunderstandings about what each discipline properly has to say about the world.

Dr. Hincks earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University, specialising in cosmology, the study of the growth and physical properties of the universe. Father Hincks is also a Jesuit priest who has studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and is an Associate Scholar of the Vatican Observatory. He is currently doing graduate studies in theology at Regis College at the University of Toronto.

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