Faith, Science, & Apologetics

The Myth of the War Between Science and Religion - Word on Fire

Come join in interesting and interactive presentations and discussions on some of the most pressing challenges to Christianity and Catholicism today based on the Credible Catholic’s Seven Essentials series.  Ideal for middle school, high school, and adults!  Learn more about the cultural myths and the truths of the Catholic faith so you are ready to face the challenges the culture throws at it.

Come to any or all of the presentations. They do not have to be attended sequentially.
The class is held on Sundays (April 24, May 8, May 15, May 22) and 10:30am-12:00pm.

  • April 24th —MEDICAL EVIDENCE OF A SOUL: Presentation and discussion showing evidence, from Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) and Terminal Lucidity (a clarity of consciousness sometimes occurring shortly before death in persons with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and irreversible brain damage) that consciousness is not dependent on physical bodies or brains, and therefore, that we have souls that survive bodily death.
  • May 8th —SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE OF GOD’S EXISTENCE: Presentation and discussion on evidence from the Big Bang, the BVG Proof (that all expanding universes have to have a beginning), entropy, and the “fine-tuning” of the universe for life, that our universe requires an Intelligent Creator in order to exist.  Also, discussion on the Catholic Church’s teaching on creation and evolution.
  • May 15th —PROOF OF JESUS’ RESURRECTION AND DIVINITY: Presentation and discussion on the evidence from the Shroud of Turin, the Facecloth of Oviedo, Historical Documents (biblical and non-biblical), and the work of N. T. Wright showing that the Resurrection of Jesus is a historical fact and that He is divine.
  • May 22nd —WHY BE CATHOLIC? Presentation and discussion showing that the Catholic Church is Christ’s only authentic living authority, and giving evidence of miracles (through the intercession of Mary and the Saints, and for the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist) that demonstrate God’s work in the Church.

According to Credible Catholic and other resources, unbelief and skepticism are huge problems. People believe many popular but inaccurate secular myths. According to Credible Catholic and Fr Robert J Spitzer, Ph.D., these myths are basically as follows:

  • Myth 1: Science and faith are incompatible, and since science is true, it has replaced religion.
  • Myth 2: Human beings are like every other animal—merely a complex of atoms and molecules. We have no soul, no eternal destiny, and no transcendent nature. When we die, we die.
  • Myth 3: There is no explanation for why an all-loving God would allow suffering. Therefore, suffering is fundamentally negative, and a loving God probably does not exist.
  • Myth 4: There is no evidence for Jesus as a historical figure and, therefore, his resurrection or divinity. If Jesus did exist, he was just an interesting prophet, but not a Savior or the Son of God.

Further, they site the 2016 Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape Study that shows over 40% of millennials have abandoned their faith to unbelief because these four challenges have not been adequately addressed. People need to be equipped with the truth, or that number will continue to grow.  These presentations are here to help!