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Exploring the Big Questions of the Cosmos with the Vatican’s Top Astronomer
Narrated by: Guy Consolmagno
Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
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Explore the big questions of science and religion with a Jesuit astronomer.

While science and religion have often been seen as contradictory forces, in reality they complement each other. Indeed, Catholics have often been at the forefront of scientific discovery; the Augustinian friar Gregor Mendel innovated the study of genetics, and the Jesuit Georges Lemaître first proposed the big bang theory. More recently, Pope Francis issued Laudato Si, an encyclical that addresses global warming.

Now you can join a leading Catholic scientist in examining the most vital questions about the universe. Your guide, Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ, an astronomer and president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, deals with big things - stars, galaxies, and unfathomable distances - but that's not the kind of "bigness" that you will explore here. Instead you will tackle the most profound aspects of existence: the hows and whys of the universe.

In this brilliant course, you will ask yourself: Does science need God? Can physics prove the existence of God? How do we understand miracles? What is life, and how will we recognize it on other planets? What is the soul?

As you will see, such questions don't have simple answers. Instead you will discover new ways of thinking about them: not finding concrete answers to these questions but rather asking them anew with wit and wisdom. In doing so you will gain a richer and fresher understanding of the world.

Begin this awe-inspiring journey today.

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Scientific accuracy w/ real mercy & compassion.

A great antidote to the spirit of our age of snark between anti-science and "debunking".

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Wow!

If you had a time machine and could go back to college to take one course, this one should be on the top of your list. As director of the Vatican Observatory, Br. Guy is in a unique position to explore some of the biggest scientific and theological questions. He skillfully explains the science while enthusiastically asking and exploring questions not fully addressed by scientific data. This is a fun and lively series, and I highly recommend it.

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Profound Reflections on the Meaning of Life

I really enjoyed listening to this series from start to finish.

Dr. Consolmagno - a Jesuit brother and an MIT-trained scientist - speaks compellingly about the intersection between science and religion. Throughout the program, he demonstrates why both fields are indispensable in man's search for higher truth. I can't imagine a more knowledgeable or qualified person to lead talks on this subject.

Despite the weighty questions he deals with, Dr. Consolmagno injects a good deal of humor and irony throughout the program. His energy really is infectious. Can't recommend enough!

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Getting No Answers to the Big ?s of the Cosmos

Very disappointing, These well delivered lectures propound many intriguing questions, but then don't answer them. They do explain many important concepts in astronomy and physics, which make the lectures somewhat worthwhile.