Points of Contact
By: Glenn Sauer
As a scientist and Catholic, Glenn Sauer brings a unique perspective to several of the deeper issues connected to the sometimes opposing fields of science and religion. Drawing from the four-fold typology of Ian Barbour, the founder of the modern field of science and religion, the author introduces some of the ideas and common misconceptions regarding the interface of science and religion.
He also incorporates the life and writings of Teilhard de Chardin as a model for integrating scientific knowledge and religious faith in one’s life, and delves into the scientific evidence for the Big Bang and the multiverse, the origins of life, evolution, and the history of life leading to the emergence of humankind. Each of these areas is explored in terms of scientific evidence and theory as well as their religious implications.
Glenn Sauer is an endowed chair of biology and biochemistry and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University, CT, as well as a spiritual director in the university’s Center for Ignatian Spirituality. He is the author of numerous articles published in academic scientific journals.