Theology, science, and culture

How can these defining elements be better brought together to create a richer picture of reality? It’s not easy, but here are some proposals the working group offered.

Culture is a set of values, attitudes, and behaviors that give us something in common with a definable group of others. Science seeks to elucidate and appreciate the complexity of our world and the laws governing material creation. Theology seeks, among other things, to understand and appreciate the Creator and the significance of created reality for human happiness and our ultimate destiny. Each can benefit from the insights of the other, and also challenge each other. Of particular interest for global institutions of Jesuit higher education in some cultures are the powerful influences of science, technology, and religion upon belief, resulting in new challenges such as atheism, secularism, and fundamentalism. In Mexico City, an international think tank dedicated to analyzing and evaluating “culture” was proposed. Regional consultations uniting similar cultural legacies would follow, and then Jesuit institutions would respond to the cultural analysis and evaluation with factual, imaginative, analytical, and experiential learning.

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A Show of Support

Students, faculty, staff rally against racism on Santa Clara University’s campus.

The Gift

Sacrifice, given willingly and with love, makes us human.

On Being Better

How can we be better to each other, particularly as white people seek to become allies?

The Sacrificial Tweet

A single misstep on social media comes at a high price these days. And yet we’re being asked to speak up louder and more frequently against injustice. What are we willing to sacrifice to keep posting?