Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology

Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology

Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology

with books by Fr. Robert A. Brungs, SJ

The Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology (ITEST) is an association of theologians, scientists and others committed to a world view in which faith and science collaborate in exploring the truth. ITEST explores truth theologically in the wisdom traditions of the human community and in the data studied in the sciences in pursuit of its mission, which is to further advance the Kingdom of God by demonstrating that faith and science are complementary paths to the one Truth.

The Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology (ITEST) began in 1966 when two scientistsFather Robert Brungs, SJ (a physicist) and Dr. John Matschiner (a biochemist), saw the need to keep Christian churches abreast of advances in science and technology. Recognizing that faith-science issues were both complex and widespread, they incorporated ITEST in 1968.

Most of the books presented here were developed by Father Robert A. Brungs, SJ, Jesuit, Cincinnati native and co-founder and Director of the Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology, who led and guided ITEST for almost four decades until his death on May 8, 2006. He was ably assisted by Sr. Marianne Postiglione, R.S.M., in this work. 

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You See Lights Breaking Upon Us: Doctrinal Perspectives on Biological Advance

Scientific advance has raised issues for the Faith which are far too profound to be treated only ethically. This advance demands a major development of Christian doctrine on our bodied existence. This volume explores the beginning of that development using sacramental and covenantal doctrinal themes. These themes are presented in a hope that work will begin on posing the correct doctrinal and spiritual questions.
Paperback: $14.95 | eBook $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-950108-06-0

Secularism versus Biblical Secularity

But God raised him high
and gave him the name
above all other names
so that all beings
in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld,
should bend the knee at the name of Jesus
and that every tongue should acclaim
Jesus Christ as Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

That, essentially, is the theme of this volume. In one way or another, the conversation always came back to the idea that the “blame” for secularism resides at least in part in our failure to live biblical secularity.

Paperback: $14.95 (coming) | eBook $9.99

ASIN: B07S28MTW4

The Eclipse of God: Is Religion on the Way Out?

The Eclipse of God: Is Religion on the Way Out?

The Eclipse of God: Is Religion on the Way Out?

by Gerard Verschuuren

This book was specifically written for all those who feel lost in a world dominated by ideologies that obscure God. It is hard to pinpoint one particular cause of how we feel in such Godforsaken times and places, but science is likely one of the main perpetrators, as some scientists use their scientific “authority” to churn out, with the speed of light, books that promote opinions and views that go far beyond their scientific expertise, and that rob people of any religious beliefs they might have. These prolific writers are inundating the book market, magazines, and the internet with their message that a state of conflict exists between science and religion, and that science holds the winning hand. They loudly broadcast through the megaphones of our society their anti-religious propaganda: (1) Since there was a Big Bang, there is no creation. (2) Because there is only matter, there can be no spirit. (3) There is no purpose in life, for randomness is all there is. (4) There is no God, only a god-gene. (5) Neurons are in complete charge, so the mind is an illusion. (6) Everything is relative, for objective truth just does not exist. (7) Morality is only a matter of personal opinions and preferences. (8) All in all, God is dead.

If you wonder how you and your religious faith could ever survive in such an environment, this is the right book for you.

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TESTIMONIALS

“Gerard Verschuuren has written for us a very fine book. If you constantly find yourself in conversations about the Catholic Faith with skeptics, doubters, and seekers, this is the perfect book for you. It is first class apologetics. The book shows us with compelling arguments that there need not be any conflict between science and religion, or between faith and reason. The book does all of this in an incredibly accessible, engaging, and intelligent way. Buy it and read it.” — Fr. C. John McCloskey, STD, Former Director of the Catholic Information Center of the Archdiocese of Washington, Research Fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute, Washington, D.C


“Gerard Verschuuren has done what only the rarest of scholars can do. He has systematically blown away the gray masses that eclipse God in our world today and offered the reader a guide through Catholic thought, shining its light on origins, evolution, genetics, humanity, morality, society, and destiny. He communicates, and that is a gift to his readers. He makes it easy for them to see the simple truth of complex ideas. He has a passion for truth. I predict this book will be taught in seminaries, colleges, and high schools, and handed over in love from friend to friend and parent to child.” — Dr. Stacy Trasancos, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Holy Apostles College, Cromwell, Connecticut


“Gerard Verschuuren’s new book is a welcome addition to the conversation in our culture between faith and science. It is a guide to the perplexed for those afflicted by the falsehoods of a narrative of hubris that sees no room for God because it believes that when all you have is a scientific hammer, every problem must be a materialist nail.” — Mark P. Shea, columnist for the National Catholic Register who also delivers “Words of Encouragement” segments on Ave Maria Radio.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Gerard M. Verschuuren is a human geneticist who also earned a doctorate in the philosophy of science. He studied and worked at universities in Europe and the United States. Currently semi-retired, he spends most of his time as a writer, speaker, and consultant on the interface of science and religion, faith and reason.

More information about his life and works may be found on his Wikipedia page at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerard_Verschuuren

A review of Aquinas and Modern Science: A New Synthesis of Faith and Reason, by Gerard M. Verschuuren, has appeared in Volume 57, Issue 4 (December 2017) of the International Philosophical Quarterly

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