Who knew the Vatican had its own astronomers? I certainly didn’t. It turns out, however, that it does – priests studying space through the aptly named “pope scope”. The Walrus recently interviewed one of these Vatican astronomers, Guy Consolmagno, and asked him about the relationship between science and religion – it turns out its quite healthy. For Consolmagno, there is no tension; in fact, his religious beliefs are what drive him to do good science:
“Seeing the universe as God’s creation means that getting to play in the universe – which is really what a scientist does — is a way of playing with the Creator. It’s a religious act. And it’s a very joyous act.”
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