Author Joseph Fortier Blurs the Polarity Between Science and Faith

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“Confluence of Evolutionary Science and Christian Faith” seeks to bridge two seemingly irreconcilable viewpoints

The polarity of science and faith has been the subject of much controversy with parties from either side seeking to make one more dominant than the other. However, not all religious people think that a conflict exists nor is it necessary; Joseph Fortier, a Jesuit priest with a doctorate in systematic entomology, is one of them. His belief that a confluence between the two exists is expounded in “Confluence of Evolutionary Science and Christian Faith”.

Fortier invites readers to embark on the enlightening journey that is revealed in his book. He writes, “In the remote wilderness there are two clear water streams that at close range apparently flow from different mountaintops – but which, when viewed from farther away, can be seen to flow from two ridges of the same mountain. Somewhere in the wilds, the two streams join – become confluent. The purpose of this book is to find this confluence.”

Fortier uses instruments from a variety of disciplines to carve out a path for readers to understand that rigorous empirical scientific thought and a solid religious faith are congruent with respect to evolution. He illustrates his point using the findings of scripture scholars regarding the creation narratives found in the book of Genesis, the basic biology of evolution and genetics and the philosophy and theology behind the positions people take with respect to evolution and religious faith. The views of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin concerning evolution and God and John Haught’s evolutionary theology are also reflected in Fortier’s work.

Informative and compelling, “Confluence of Evolutionary Science and Christian Faith” offers an insightful evaluation of the relationship between two seemingly polarized views.

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About the Author
Joseph Fortier is a Jesuit priest with a doctorate in systematic entomology. He has published on insect phylogeny and taxonomy while teaching college biology for 10 years. He developed and taught an undergraduate course on evolution and Christian theology. Fortier was born in Spokane, Washington and grew up in Alaska. He is presently working for the Dept. of Natural Resources of the Colville Indian Reservation in northeastern Washington State and ministering to the people there.

Confluence of Evolutionary Science and Christian Faith * by Joseph Fortier
Toward an Integration
Publication Date: November 15, 2011
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