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video and presentationWhat if naturalism were a pseudo-religion? The anthropological and theological challenge of naturalism

summaryNaturalism is nowadays put forward as the only interpretation of the natural sciences. Is it really reasonable to accept this view of science, and what if naturalism is nothing more than a theology, a pseudo-religion?
Author: Moisés Pérez Marcos

Open Reason. A personal proposal

summaryThe author's intellectual trajectory, theological and scientific knowledge (the latter in relation to quantum mechanics), the need for multidisciplinarity and the concept of open reason: openness to truth, both scientific and theological, are examined.
Author: Javier Sánchez Cañizares.

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The problematic neutrality of the scientific method

summary: It is generally accepted that the scientific method is neutral with respect to metaphysics and theology. But accepting this neutrality entails faulty metaphysical and theological presuppositions: the indifference of nature with respect to God and the merely extrinsic relation of God to nature.
Author: David Alcalde.


On divine action in the world

summary: summary history of the history of ideas on the relationship between God and the world: Thales, Aristotle, Christian contribution and synthesis of St. Thomas, and current approaches with a scientistic and naturalistic background. Solutions to the aporias of current reflection are proposed, following Zizinski.
Author: Enrique Moros.

Lecture 2017: Philosophy in the science-religion dialogue: a discussion based on the work of Mariano Artigas.

summary: Aristotelian physics, reflection in search of truth, led to metaphysics. Modern science has separated from it. Science must be the empirical foundation of philosophical reflection on reality, a path outlined by Artigas.
Author: Prof. Juan Arana Cañedo-Argüelles

Techno-optimism: near future or false promise? 

summary: Technological utopia argues that, thanks to technology, humanity will eventually reach an ideal life in which the problems that limit it today will disappear. These ideal conditions include a state of abundance in which - according to these thinkers - social problems would also disappear. It would also be possible to design conscious machines and communicate efficiently with them. Moreover, life technologies could overcome disease and delay ageing: in its most extreme version, techno-optimism promises to overcome death itself. This discussion paper reviews the main promises of techno-optimism and their implications, pointing out the limitations of its assumptions and the need for reflection to guide and control future technological developments.
Author: Sara Lumbreras 

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On two anniversaries: Galileo and Darwin

Author: Héctor Velázquez

Are the sciences really autonomous?

summary: exhibition of the reasons why scientists reject interdisciplinary approaches involving Philosophy and theology.
Author: José Ignacio Murillo

Pastoral aspects of the influence of science on contemporary culture

summary: In the context of the modern development of science, work raises the basic questions, which can be reduced to three. The first concerns the value of experimental science as knowledge of reality. The second concerns the power that science provides to dominate nature. And the third, to the possible relations between science and transcendence, which proves that they can be maintained within scientific progress.
Author: Mariano Artigas

Chomsky, human nature, language and the limitations of science and a complementary proposal inspired by C. S. Lewis

summary: summary on Noam Chomsky and his theories (Chomsky, linguistic scientist and socio-political activist, Chomsky and human nature, the limitations of science, the origin of language) and a possible way out of his naturalism, based on the work of C. S. Lewis (a liberating, rational and complementary proposal , the rise of the spirit, the fall of the spirit).
Author: Marciano Escutia

Blind in Granada

summary: speech on the scientific vision and the human vision of reality, which, in contrast to the former, allows us to discover God.
Author: Héctor L. Mancini

Science and faith before the court of reason

summary: It explains the roots of the alleged civil service examination between science and reason that began in the modern era and between science and faith that is observed at the same time.
Author: Santiago Collado González

Science and Faith in Systematic Perspective: The Oracles of Science 

summaryspeech at the in memoriam ceremony for Professor Mariano Artigas, November 23, 2007. review from the book Karl Giberson, Mariano Artigas, Oracles of Science. Celebrity Scientists versus God and Religion, Oxford, University Press, 2007. 273 pp.
Author: Juan Arana Cañedo-Argüelles

Science and Happiness

summary: review wide of the work of Punset, who in his work tries to elaborate an ethic with an exclusively scientific basis.
Author: Carlos A. Marmelada

Science and religion

summary: It is noted that this is a work of maturity, presenting the themes of the main debates between science and religion. Brief biographical sketch of the author.
Author: Mariano Artigas

Positivist scientism and positive science today

summary: Scientism, definition, origins and development, and a practical example of scientism in positive science.
Author: Carlos A. Marmelada

Dialogue between science and faith in the face of the philosophical questions of physics today.

summary: The phenomenon of the gulf between the two cultures (scientific and religious) has deepened as a consequence of the growing anti-intellectual atmosphere in today's culture. The radical versions of today's postmodernism criticise both the Christian worldview and the heritage of the Enlightenment, in which the fundamental thesis of modern science was formed. This has fundamentally changed the climate of dialogue between science and Christian thought. In the past, Christianity was repeatedly criticised from the perspective of the natural sciences; today, both Christianity and the natural sciences are subject to criticism, carried out in the name of the search for a new scientific paradigm, of radical social slogans, or in the name of a cultural pluralism that is understood in a peculiar way and in which the authority of reason is disrupted. The present work attempts to examine recent developments in physics from this point of view, and to raise their consequences for the Christian worldview.
Author: Msgr. Józef Zycinski

Scientism today

summary: Review of the different manifestations of current scientism: Scientism in epistemology, scientistic naturalism, physicist scientism, biologist scientism, technicist scientism and scientism in public opinion.
Author: Mariano Artigas

The knowledge of truth

summary: The crisis of truth, the meaning of science: the search for truth, scientific truth, science at the service of truth, faith financial aid to science, functionalism and pragmatism, relativism, scientism, scientific rationality, metaphysical knowledge and Christian faith.
Author: Mariano Artigas

The science-faith dialogue in the encyclical "Fides et ratio

summary: Scientific realism, science, reason and faith, reflective capacity, science and truth, modalities of truth, truth and belief, the unity of knowledge, science and wisdom, scientism, the Galileo case, the reverse, the assumptions of science and the impact of its progress, three concluding considerations.
Author: Mariano Artigas

"The Splendour of Truth" for a Christian Scientist

summary: This work analyses from a scientific perspective the consequences of the process caused by the separation of faith and reason and its relation to the different meanings of the word truth. The paper starts from the concepts enunciated by the Pope at Regensburg and attempts to describe the historical development from the ancient concept of "reason" to that of "scientific reason" and the birth of a "scientistic" ideology which has now become established in society. The problems created by this ideology are highlighted and the impossibility of science to give a rational justification to the ends of human behaviour (ethics) and to the universe in general (the "meaning" or "purpose") is sample . As proposal attempts to show how one can try to recompose the concept of "truth of things", considering that science and religious faith are complementary descriptions of reality that are not mutually exclusive, both at the individual level in the person of a scientist and at the level of thought in the Philosophy of Science.
Author: Héctor L. Mancini


Evolutionism. State of play

summary: summary of Darwinism from Darwin's thesis to the present day. Criticism of Darwinist approaches, on questions of method and from the scientific point of view. Proposal of an alternative way.
Author: Antonio Pardo

The great challenge of the (Catholic) university

Author: Sergio Sánchez-Migallón and José Manuel Giménez Amaya

The Vatican and evolution. The reception of Darwinism on the file of the Table of Contents

summary: The opening of the file of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1988 has given access to the existing documentation on the first reaction of the Vatican authorities to the theory of evolution. This article presents the research initiated by Mariano Artigas in 1999 to determine the attitude of the Congregation of the Index towards Catholic authors who defended the compatibility between evolution and Christian doctrine, and its main results. Although Catholic theology severely criticised evolutionism, the authorities of the Holy See maintained a certain prudence, which avoided a head-on meeting between evolution and Catholic doctrine.
Author: Rafael A. Martínez

Scientific spirit and religious faith according to Manuel García Morente

summaryReflections by García Morente on the reaction of the scientist's rejection of faith: the argument of scientific progress, which would make religion unnecessary. Reflection on Philosophy of history and the unity of vital experience.
Author: Sergio Sánchez-Migallón

Evolutionism, philosophy and Christianity. Henri Bergson died 50 years ago

summary: Brief biographical grade , creative evolution, Bergson and Spain, the mystics, vital tensions, truth, scientism, materialism and spiritualism.
Author: Mariano Artigas

Galileo, 350 years later

summaryReflection on the change from confidence in the rationality of science to scientific irrationalism in the context of the Galileo case.
Author: Mariano Artigas

God and Evolution

summary: article on the compatibility between evolution and belief in God, with references to the 'Schömborg affair' and the Magisterium of the Church.
Author: Cardinal Avery Dulles

The "emergence" of freedom

summary: This article examines some problems related to the notion of emergence when trying to explain the mind with it. Some paradoxes of this notion are also shown and a certain return to Aristotelianism is proposed in order to face these problems. The difficulty of establishing the limits between Philosophy and science is mentioned, as well as the connection of this problem with those related to emergence.
Author: Santiago Collado González

The spirituality of the human being

summary: exhibition of the Christian doctrine on the superiority of man in the world, and his spiritual nature, image of God, as the foundation of this superiority.
Author: Mariano Artigas

The faith of the wise: scientific activity and religious belief

summary: A study of scientists' views on God and religion, with an analysis of the vision that radically separates the two spheres, and which concludes the mutual influence between the two, as well as the inescapability of a 'belief in science' also among the most disbelieving scientists, which ends up giving historically regrettable results.
Author: Juan Arana

Faith in the university

summary: The three essays gathered here correspond to the interventions of their authors at a workshop, organised by the high school of Anthropology and Ethics and the group of research "Science, Reason and Faith" (CRYF), at the University of Navarra on 19 February 2013*. This activity was part of the Year of Faith, announced by the Catholic Church in October 2012 and which will be closed in November 2013.
Author: Luis Romera, Leonardo Rodríguez Duplá and Ignacio López Goñi

The nature of partial truth

summary: The problem of scientific truth lies at the heart of our culture. The enormous progress of the sciences and the reliability of the knowledge they provide has led to serious perplexities. For some, experimental science would be the only valid access to reality or, at least, the paradigm to be imitated by any pretence of rigorous knowledge . For others, experimental science would be the only valid access to reality. For others, experimental science would be a second-rate knowledge limited to discovering rather superficial aspects of reality.
Author: Mariano Artigas

The reasons for "scientific" atheism

summary: Based on the discussion between Richard Dawkins and Rowan Williams, the arguments commonly used by atheists are discussed: the God of the holes and the theory of multiverses.
Author: Javier Sánchez Cañizares

The limits of scientific language

summary: From its systematic birth in the 17th century, modern science became a source of perplexities. Kepler and Galileo were convinced that nature is like a book written in mathematical language. But the establishment of the new physics rightly led to doubts that it could be properly understood in this way: how to explain that highly abstract and sophisticated theoretical constructs could be successfully applied in the real world? This question became a source of questions that persist to this day.
Author: Mariano Artigas

Table of contents of the book 'Science, Reason and Faith'.

summary: Complete index of Mariano Artigas' book 'Ciencia, Razón y Fe'. Pamplona: Eunsa, 2004.
Author: Mariano Artigas

Oracles of Science

summary review by Michael Cook from the book Oracles of Science, by Karl Giberson and Mariano Artigas.
Author: Michael Cook

Thinking about evolution and astronomy

Author: Héctor Velázquez Fernández

Proteins you think. About award Nobel Prize for Medicine 1994

summary: On 11 October 1994, the press reported the award of the award Nobel Prize in Medicine to Professors Alfred G. Gilman and Martin Rodbell for " finding of G proteins and their role in signal transmission in cells". This is a new breakthrough in molecular biology, which sample provides new insights into how life works in ever greater detail and provides new instructions for reflection on nature.
Author: Mariano Artigas

Rescher and Gadamer: two complementary views on the limits of science

summary: Analysis of Rescher's and Gadamer's views on the limits of science: the former studies the internal limits and the latter the external ones.
Author: Alfredo Marcos. University of Valladolid (Spain)

Science, Reason and Faith in the Third Millenium

summary: Scientific realism, science, reason and faith, reflective capacity, science and truth, modalities of truth, truth and belief, the unity of knowledge, science and wisdom, scientism, the assumptions of science and the impact of its progress, three conclusive reflections.
Author: Mariano Artigas

Assumptions and implications of scientific progress

summary: The methods and results of experimental science play a very important role in shaping contemporary culture. They are sometimes used to support naturalistic doctrines that dispense with divine action because they consider it impossible or useless in the light of scientific progress. In the reflections that follow I suggest that the analysis goal of that progress rather leads to the opposite conclusion. More specifically, I argue that the analysis of the assumptions and implications of scientific progress leads to a perspective that is fully consistent with the affirmation of a creative God staff , with the recognition of the spiritual dimensions of the human person, and with the existence of ethical values related to the objective search for truth and service to humanity.
Author: Mariano Artigas

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More shadows than light in the recent book by Eduardo Punset

summary: review to the book Eduardo Punset. The journey to the power of the mind. The most fascinating enigmas of our brain and the world of emotions. Destino. Barcelona (2010). 364 pp. Contains a critique of the inaccuracies, internal contradictions and exaggerations contained in the work.
Author: Juan Arana

The Mind of the Universe
The Presuppositions and Implications of Science as a Bridge between Science and Religion

summary: The impact of secular humanism on our understanding of human affairs, and the desacralization of contemporary culture can be considered as two sides of the same coin. Apparently they are closely related to the progress of empirical science. I am going to consider these topics under the perspective of the impact of scientific progress on them. In its beginnings, the new science was seen as a road from nature to its Maker, promoting natural theology. Later on, however, it was interpreted as favouring a "disenchantment" of the world. I will comment on some proposals of "reenchanting" the world, and will refer to my own proposal, which has recently been published in my last book, The Mind of the Universe, published last April 2000 by the Templeton Foundation Press.
Author: Mariano Artigas