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By Dr.  Stacy A. Trasancos, McGrath Institute for Church Life, May 18, 2020

Editorial Note: This post is part of our #FaithAndScience series exploring the relationship between science and religion.

Stacy A. Trasancos A scientist assesses reality through the senses, prodding here, poking there, testing everywhere. Variables are isolated, rates recorded, masses measured, and constants calculated, all to discover how to master atoms and their particles. The scientist is both an explorer in the wild hacking through frontiers and an artisan lifting a delicate veil. Omnipresent in the mysteries of science is the rational soul of the human person, the image and likeness of the triune God, uniting the spiritual and the physical, praising its Creator. The human soul with the faculties of intellect and will depends on the corporeal senses to input data, as any scientist knows, but the synthesis of that data into relationships and theories is performed in the higher thought of abstraction. In Catholic teaching, faith and reason go hand in hand.

Not all scientists view science through the lens of faith, however. The strict materialist admits the existence of nothing without empirical evidence, and therefore does not see the human soul as animating science but rather as something external to find and manipulate. The materialist asks scientific questions about the soul: what does it look like? How does it work? How can we prove it exists? At most, neuroscience can perhaps discover the soul, but by this materialists do not mean something immaterial. For them, talk of the spiritual is ethereal gibberish, recalling days when religion was necessary to express what science had not yet revealed.  …

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