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Cosmos 3 of 3 Is The Catholic Church Really Anti-Science?

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Full posting with links can be seen at Catholic Family Man Commentary -- During one of the cartoon cut scenes in Cosmos we are greeted with the all too familiar narrative that the Church has been an enemy of the sciences over the ages. The image left is that the Church and faith are incompatible with science and that they will stop at nothing to suppress truth and light as expressed by science. The only issue is the scene portrayed is not historically accurate and that, while there have been moments where individuals/groups within the Church have been shameful in their treating of science, this has been the exception, not the rule, over 2,000+ years of Church history. In this final segment I follow deGrasse Tyson's advice in the beginning of the series to keep an open mind and to question everything and discuss the truth of 2000 years of evidence that runs contradictory to the narrative portrayed. Following the video are a few links to some of the evidence I cite as well as a discussion by Fr. Robert Barron I found on the subject. On the whole despite some issues around opinions being offered as scientific "facts" and being a little loose with historical events and such to advance narratives the series Cosmos is a worthwhile series for those for whom astrophysics and quantum physics are new territories. It can be an opportunity for parents to sit with their children and get them excited about the sciences and the marvelous universe all around us. It does bear keeping in mind that as a popularist showing of science it will by necessity omit deeper exploration of alternative approaches to various disciplines and even controversies that are not as cut and dry as portrayed. Parents should spend some time familiarizing themselves with those areas and be prepared to call them out and discuss them with their kids. I hope that my 3 short off the cuff driving videos here point to a few that bear investigation, there are certainly more. On the whole I found the series entertaining and a good way to excite the young and give it a thumbs up.

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