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Science-Religion: “Let us dialogue, not oppose” – Pontifical Academy

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences has called for a new humanism in which science, ethics and faith work in dialogue and not in opposition.

The institution, the oldest of its kind in the world, made the proposal public today in a statement issued though the Vatican Press Office.

"Today, more than ever before, what is required is a new humanism which takes into account all aspects of human culture, and where human, social and natural sciences can work together as partners," the appeal states.

The document summarizes the conclusions of the plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, held last November. That session looked at the contributions made by scientific activity and education to the culture of humankind.

Academy members include Gary Becker, economics professor at the University of Chicago and a Nobel laureate; Ahmed Hassan Sewail, professor of chemistry and physics at California Institute of Technology; and Antonio Zichichi, president of the World Federation of Scientists.

The pontifical academicians are 80 women and men from many countries who have made outstanding contributions in their fields of scientific endeavor. They are named by the Pope after being elected by the body of the academicians.


Programme and Proceedings from Nov 2002 Meeting
Pontifical Academy of Sciences – Listing of Publications (some available online)

18 Jun 2003