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Chesterton House

A Center for Christian Studies at Cornell


The Priest Who Fathered the Big Bang

Georges Lemaitre was a Belgian mathematician, physicist and Catholic priest who conceived the Big Bang model for the origin of the cosmos. Historical research over the past decade has not only shown how central was Lemaitre’s role in the early 20th century search for cosmic origins, but also illuminates the unique difficulties Lemaitre faced in defending his scientific model in view of his very public profession as priest.

Event Location: 
105 Space Sciences

Brave New Atlantis: Rediscovering Humanity in the Post-Genomic Era

Event Location: 
Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium in Klarman Hall; Cornell University

"Is the Human Mind Reducible to Physics?"

St. Albert the Great Forum on Science and Religion

The human mind, its consciousness, its capacity for abstract thought, and its openness to truth cannot be given a purely physical or mechanical explanation.

Event Location: 
Anabel Taylor Hall Auditorium

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Claritas Conversation with Praveen Sethupathy

Join us for a conversation with Praveen Sethupathy, PhD. Dr. Sethupathy is an associate professor at the UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC.

Claritas Conversations is a relaxed venue to watch films on various topics, hear professors reflect on their vocation, and discuss the implications of Christian faith for all aspects of life and learning.

Event Location: 
Location: Goldwin Smith Hall G64 - Kaufman Auditorium

The Twain Shall Meet

Faith & Science Reading Group

Over the past several years, a group of Christian grad students and Cornell staff (and a few undergrads) working in environment-related fields meet together periodically to talk about the intersection of their work and faith. Currently, the group reads an article on faith and science and meets to discuss. For more information, please contact

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New Directions in the Science and Religion Relationship

More than 5.8 billion of the world’s 7 billion people claim some religious affiliation and most developed or developing economies are trying to grow their scientific infrastructure. Yet media pundits and scholars alike often see science as being in conflict with religion and the primary cause of secularization. Scholars argue that religion hinders the progress and acceptance of science in the United States, Europe, and parts of Asia.

Event Location: 
Big Red Barn