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The topic of science and religion has been a very active area of scholarship in the past thirty years. Among the noteworthy authors whose books approach this subject are Ian G. Barbour, Francis S. Collins, John Lennox, John Haught, and John Polkinghorne

For a general introduction, the book Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives by John Brooke is a good account of the various historical relationships between science and religion.

There are many sites online that provide useful resources for teachers, students, and the general public on the topic of science and religion. Here are some that we have found especially noteworthy:



The Vatican Observatory Foundation ( has put together a library of useful articles, videos, and links to internet sites on the topic of Science and Faith, designed for the use of Catholic educators, and educated Catholics. This library can be found at:




The Foundation also sponsors a blog where one can find an ongoing conversation of the topic of astronomy and how it relates to our culture and faith, called The Catholic Astronomer:



The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences at University of California Berkeley "promotes the creative mutual interaction between theology and the natural sciences through research, teaching and public service" at a high academic level.





The Templeton Foundation is best known for their support of science and religion questions, and funding the annual Templeton Prize (currently £1.1 million). In 2008, Fr. Michal Heller, an associate member of the Vatican Observatory, won this prize.



Founded in 1997, the Metanexus Institute is a science-philosophy-religion think tank in Philadelphia. They describe themselves as a "not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting scientifically rigorous and philosophically open-ended explorations of foundational questions."




Quantum Theology is wide-ranging blog by a university chemist and Catholic writer, Michelle Francl-Donnay; it provides a beautiful view of how science and faith are lived in the real world:




At a more popular level, Rev. Bruce Booher, an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), and Pastor of First Lutheran Church of Plano, Illinois, has developed a web site called "Mystery, Awe and Wonder in Faith and Science":



The Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science is edited by the Advanced School for Interdisciplinary Research (ADSIR), operating at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome) and directed by Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti: