Religion and Science Lecture Series

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The Religion and Science Series at St. John’s University is an ongoing series of lectures devoted to discussing the relationship between advances in scientific knowledge on the one hand, and theological and religious commitment on the other. The project began as an interdisciplinary interest group comprised of faculty and administrators from across the University, all of who expressed a special interest in issues found at the intersection of scientific knowledge and religious belief.

Our project is guided by the simple yet crucial conviction that religion and science are mutually enriching and enlightening disciplines and that the most profound societal and moral challenges occur at the intersection of science and human values.

We are also motivated by the commitment that as one of the largest Catholic Universities in the country, St. Johns University has a unique responsibility to reflect on the relationship of science and religion and to promote productive conversations and dialogue about that relationship among faculty, students, and ultimately, the public at large.


The Religion and Science Series at St. John’s University is sponsored jointly by the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, the John A. Flynn Chair in Theology, the Vincentian Center for Church and Society, St. John’s University, as well as generous contributions from Dr. and Mrs. Salvatore Ambrosino.

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Food for Thought

A Catholic university is called to become an evermore effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world’s resources and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community at a national and international level.

Pope John Paul II,
Ex Corde Ecclesiae (32)