There is a popular misconception that belief in God and commitment to scientific inquiry can’t coexist. But this misunderstanding flies in the face of the fact that there are many devout Catholics who’ve been scientists, mathematicians, doctors, and other “super smart people.”
A new book, Brilliant! 25 Catholic Scientists, Mathematicians, and Supersmart People, is dedicated to showing kids that intelligence and faith go hand-in-hand.
“The same God who made the universe and all of creation also gave us logical minds so that we could use science and math,” writes David Michael Warren, author of Brilliant! “Some of the greatest scientists, mathematicians, and inventors of all time believed in God and lived out their Catholicism.”
Brilliant! is an engaging and well-written book, with luminous illustrations that bring to life the fascinating men and women in it. It should be required reading for inquiring young scientists and budding intellectuals everywhere.
Today is the feast of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, one of the great Catholic minds of the last century. In honor of her feast, let’s take a closer look at 10 brilliant Catholic women whose lives bear witness that intelligence and religious belief can work together in amazing ways.