What is science? How does the scientific method work? Are the results of science assured? Where are the flashpoints between science and faith? Why do scientists think the world is billions of years old? What’s the evidence for evolution? Is it as reliable as the public thinks? Are we ruled by chance? What do they mean, free will is an illusion? How are miracles possible? More so, why should the periodic table make us all kneel down and weep for joy? Come learn how to understand science as the study of the handiwork of God so you can navigate the confusions of our time.
“Who needs God when science can always get the job done?” That’s the attitude many atheists have, and it has a name: scientism. It’s the belief that science is the best or even the only way to discover truth, and it’s one of the biggest obstacles believers face when evangelizing. In this talk, Karlo will show you why science can never replace God and how scientism ultimately refutes itself.
For thousands of years, most people who read Genesis came to the conclusion that the world was created in six days, and just a few thousand years ago. Then modern science arose, claiming that the universe is billions of years old and that all modern life forms—including man—evolved from previous ones. Can these viewpoints go together? Is it just rationalization to say that they can? What does the Church say, and what evidence can we point to that shows that it’s right?
The “New Atheists” such as Richard Dawkins are hardly new. Their nineteenth-century counterparts also labored to conflate evolution and atheism. They met their match in the person of John Zahm—priest, scientist, philosopher, and South American explorer—who deftly untangled evolution from atheism. Zahm’s arguments provide a response every bit as robust today to the New Atheists’ view of God and of science. And Flannery O’Connor called out the New Atheists when Dawkins was a mere boy of eleven: Hazel Motes in Wise Blood preached a Church without Christ, just as the New Atheists do today.
A common secular view of human beings is that we are the byproducts of chemical interactions in the brain. They determine everything we do and go out of existence forever once our brains die. But is it true that science has turned free will and the immortal soul into folk superstitions? In this presentation, you’ll see how reason reveals that we are not just brains but immortal persons made in the image and likeness of God.
As part of our conference, you’ll be invited to join us for a LIVE broadcast of our hit radio program, Catholic Answers Live. We’ll be taking questions from the audience, so come prepared!
Miracles are some of God’s greatest gifts to the Church for evangelization, and yet Catholics seldom use them for that purpose. Tim will offer you a compendium of some of the most compelling miracles you can use to aid your friends and loved ones to consider the Catholic faith.
The Galileo Affair is one of the most studied events in history, yet the facts of the event, and more importantly what they mean, are hotly contested. It is the go-to example for the enemies of Catholicism who seek to portray the Church as oppressive and opposed to scientific thought. This engaging and informative talk exposes the dishonesty of that version, refutes many of the claims commonly attached to the story, and offers a clear view of what the Galileo Affair was—and what it was not. Catholics will come away with a knowledge of the principle players, events, and motives so that they understand and can explain what the Church did—and why.
Keynote Address by Cardinal Burke: The Science of Being and Acting in the Encyclical Letter ‘Humanae Vitae’.
Blessed Paul VI’s Encyclical Letter ‘Humanae Vitae,’ on the regulation of birth, is one of the most prophetic magisterial documents of the last century. Since 1968, many faithful Catholics and people of goodwill have recognized and articulately defended the teaching of Blessed Paul VI on conjugal love and contraception. Finding its roots in Sacred Scripture and indeed in the natural law written by God on every human heart, the Church’s teaching has been steadfastly expressed and continually upheld by the Fathers of the Church, Papal Magisterium, Canon Law, local councils, and the Doctors of the Church. The monuments of the Church’s unchanged and unchanging doctrine and discipline in the matter of contraception indeed articulate the science of human nature, of man’s being and its expression in action. While commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of ‘Humanae Vitae,’ it is important to understand the Church’s constant and unerring Magisterium regarding contraception as a testament to the science which is true to God’s plan for us and for our world.
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Full-conference Registrants are invited to Raymond Cardinal Leo Burke’s keynote address honoring the fiftieth anniversary of Blessed Paul VI’s prophetic encyclical, Humane Vitae.