I am doing a class about science and religion and how they are compatible and even complimentary. I wanted to use some direct examples of items that have been controversial in the past, but are truly not controversial when considered. I have included:
The Big Bang - the means by when God created the universe
Cloning - controversial aspect not allowed by the Church
Evolution - how it can be complimentary to the creation of man
Can anyone think of any other topics I may want to cover?
I’m sorry that I can’t recall where I saw it, but try googling for a list of scientific contributions made by Catholics (especially priests and religious). For example, Gregor Mendel was an Augustinian friar credited as the father of genetics.
You could do a piece on the Nephilim,( the giants of the Old testament), this is definitely controversial, but there is proof these beings did exist and they were different from humans.
Thankfully I had a senior priest at my parish explain them to me and what they really were…Satans first attempt to corrupt the human seed by creating a human/fallen angel hybrid, (being giant in size was just a side effect of their hybrid DNA,)and try to do it with brute force, but the flood killed them all out for a reason, and now satan tries less ‘in your face’ methods to corrupt the human seed.
I think this would be a great topic! You can also find more about them if you search the mound builders.
Perhaps you’d want to start with a brief history of science and religion. At one time, long, long ago they were one in the same - the original tools by which humanity used to understand and explain the world around him.
I do start out with a brief explanation of how the two started, as well as their relationship both then and now. I was just looking for any specific topics that are controversial that I could breach with the class.
I think I have it down though. Practiced the lecture today and it took an hour. Unfortunately, that’s all I have for this subject. It’s a shame that all I get to prepare these kids for confirmation is one hour each week for half a year.