Catholic Theology and Biology: Origin of Life, Chance and Necessity, and the Place of Homo sapiens in the Living World

A dialogue in four steps between theology and biology, with a particular focus on evolutionary biology. The first meeting will explore the differences and similarities between biological and theological knowledge, calling into play the respective knowledge communities and their own way of “progressing”. We will talk about the necessity of a dialogue, especially from the biographical point of view of believers who want to benefit from both sources of knowledge with an open but not cynical mind. In the subsequent three meetings we will examine some of the most fascinating and difficult issues for both biology and theology: the origin of life on Earth, the often artificially emphasized opposition between chance and necessity, and the place of man – or, biologically speaking, Homo sapiens – in the living world and its dynamics. Emanuele Serrelli, philosopher of science, will interact with experts in theology such as don Ettore Colombo, Gianni Cervellera e Dario Gellera. The perspective of curiosity and research will join biological and theological knowledge, without hiding the different ways of interpreting and the paradoxes of a dialogue which seems, at times, difficult.

Lunedì 05 ottobre 2015, ore 21
Non guardarmi non ti sento
Il senso di un dialogo tra scienza e teologia Relatori: Emanuele Serrelli e Don Ettore Colombo

Lunedì 12 ottobre 2015, ore 21
A casa nell’universo? Conoscenze e questioni aperte all’origine della vita
Relatori: Emanuele Serrelli e Don Ettore Colombo

Lunedì 19 ottobre 2015, ore 21
Gli alberi non crescono fino al cielo: Caso, necessità, predestinazione
Relatori: Emanuele Serrelli e Gianni Cervellera

Lunedì 26 ottobre 2015, ore 21
L’uomo è una scimmia nuda? Dati scientifici e riflessioni sul posto dell’uomo nella natura
Relatori: Emanuele Serrelli e Dario Gellera


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2015, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 (h.21:00) – Oasi di Preghiera Santuario S. Maria, Cernusco sul Naviglio (MI): Scienza e fede: dialogo tra biologia e teologia. With don Ettore Colombo, Gianni Cervellera, Dario Gellera. Conference.