He is the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences and Chair of the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University.
(Ph.D. Planetary Science 1985, Caltech) Prof. Lunine does research in astrophysics, planetary science and astrobiology.
He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and among other awards is the recipient of the
Jean Dominique Cassini Medal of the European Geosciences Union (2015) and the Basic Sciences Award of the
Int. Academy of Astronautics (2009). He is the author of Astrobiology, A Multidisciplinary Approach (Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2005) and
Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World (2nd ed., Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013).
Spring 2023 Newman Center Dinner & Discussion after the 7 pm Mass on Sunday, March 19, 2023
Evolution and the Catholic Faith
Discussion of little appreciated facts about the long-standing harmony of Catholic thought and the science of evolution.
Hear from St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. John-Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.
About 10 minutes of excerpts will be taken from the video of Dr. Stephen Barr, Ph.D., Professor of Physics at the University of Delaware
delivered in 2017 (https://catholicscientists.org/videos/page/5/) to stimulate our discussion of:
Can a scientist be a Catholic?
Are modern biology and religious faith opposed to one another?
Does acceptance of modern evolutionary biology mean a human is only a randomly generated meat robot?