he Future of God’s Two Books

Can science alone lead to a better future?

Looking at the past, it is easy for people today to take scientific and technological advances for granted. Progress seems inevitable. However, progress itself can sometimes create our greatest challenges.

Is the ancient metaphor of God’s “Two Books”—the Book of Words and a Book of Works—still relevant today? Science and the Bible share a past, but will they share a future?

“Science and religion, with their distinctive approaches to understanding reality, can enter into an intense dialogue fruitful for both.”
Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 2015

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This exhibition explores the Bible’s role in the historical relationship between science and religion. Many today believe that religious faith and the natural sciences are very separate subjects. Indeed, many consider the Bible to be an obstacle to scientific progress. Yet, for centuries, faith and the study of nature were very much entangled. At times, biblical beliefs helped encourage people to study the world. They even influenced the rise of science as we know it today.