Darwin Event Aims to Heal Faith, Science Rift

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VATICAN CITY, FEB. 10, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Notre Dame University, Rome's Gregorian University and the Pontifical Council for Culture are teaming up to show that faith and science really are complementary.



A March 3-7 conference in Rome on "Biological Evolution, Facts and Theories" was presented today by Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, president of that pontifical council. The conference will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his "Origin of the Species."

"It's not in the least about a celebration in honor of the English scientist; it's simply about analyzing an event that marked for all time the history of science and that has influenced the way of understanding our very humanity," said Jesuit professor Marc Leclerc at the presentation.

During nine sessions, the academics will propose to contribute to the "idea that science, on the one hand, and theology, on the other, represent different fields of analysis and interpretation, though often they are incorrectly overlapped, causing confusion and ideological controversies," the conference Web site explains.

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On the Net:

Biological Evolution, Facts and Theories: www.evolution-rome2009.net