Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish.Pope St. John Paul II, Letter to Rev. George Coyne, S.J., Director of the Vatican Observatory.
My evangelizing mission as a Catholic (even though a Converso) and a physicist, is to refute the claims of atheists (including prominent scientists) that science denies the teaching of the Catholic Church. In many articles, adult education classes, and an ebook, “Truth Cannot Contradict Truth,” I have argued that nothing science truly tells us about the world conflicts with Catholic teaching. But I’ve found in the adult education classes and comments on the articles, that I’m not only preaching to the choir, but that those who should receive the message don’t really understand what science is all about, so the message is in a foreign language as far as they’re concerned.
Accordingly, I’m thinking of rewriting the ebook to include material that will help Catholic innumerates (and I’m not trying to be snide here; my wife is one of those) understand what science is all about–how it’s done and what its limits of truth are. In short, I want to provide a text on basic science–physics, molecular biology, statistics–that will give the needed base for Catholics to assess critically the claims of atheistic science and to refute them for their children and friends.
I’ve given more details about this in a post for the Catholic Writers Guild, which has drawn some interesting and encouraging comments. However, I still have some doubts about whether at 87.7 years I have the focus and the energy to carry this enterprise to a conclusion. As the Kurt Weill song goes, “But it’s a long, long while from May to December…and I haven’t got time for the waiting game.” If I do this book, it’s no more blogging, science-fiction or Midsomer Murders (or very little).
So, dear reader, do you think this is a worthwhile enterprise? If such a book were published, would you buy it?