BCYC Immersion Faith and Science Track

Attendees of the Benedictine College Immersion Youth Conference in the faith and science track

  • Session 3: July 16-21, 2023

The perceived incompatibility between faith and science is consistently cited by young people today as one of the top reasons for their increasing abandonment of Christianity. In reality, for two millennia the Catholic Church has been the world’s leading champion of science, proclaiming the harmony of faith and reason, sponsoring scientific research, and canonizing many scientists as saints. The Catholic tradition sees Scripture and nature as “God’s two books,” and popes have written eloquently on creation’s capacity to reveal the glory of God.

Taking our lead from this vision, the BCYC Immersion Faith and Science track for high school students will investigate the relationship between the Catholic faith and modern science and explore their mutual harmony and enrichment. Toward this end, we will engage a wealth of sources that have the power to enhance our life of faith and appreciation of God’s providence in the natural world.

Track Instructor

Dr. Matthew Ramage
Professor of Theology

Dr. Matthew Ramage

Dr. Matthew Ramage is Professor of Theology at Benedictine College where he is co-director of its Center for Integral Ecology. His research and writing concentrates especially on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI, the wedding of ancient and modern methods of biblical interpretation, the dialogue between faith and science, and stewardship of creation. In addition to his other scholarly and outreach endeavors, Dr. Ramage is author, co-author, or translator of over fifteen books, including Dark Passages of the Bible (CUA Press, 2013), Jesus, Interpreted (CUA Press, 2017), The Experiment of Faith (CUA Press, 2020), and Christ’s Church and World Religions (Sophia Institute Press, 2020). His latest book, From the Dust of the Earth: Benedict XVI, the Bible, and the Theory of Evolution, was published by CUA Press in 2022. When he is not teaching or writing, Dr. Ramage enjoys exploring the great outdoors with his wife and seven children, tending his orchard, leading educational trips abroad, and aspiring to be a barbeque pitmaster. For more on Dr. Ramage’s work, visit his website www.matthewramage.com.