Astronomy, Religion, and the Art of Storytelling

  • Video
  • 48 minutes
  • Level: All audiences

This March 2020 video presentation by Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, Director of the Vatican Observatory, was made for The Catholic Theological Union’s Science For Seminaries conference. Consolmagno says that one thing astronomy and religion have in common is that they are both interested in the big questions; and they depend on the art of storytelling to present their strange and wonderful ideas in ways that people can understand, appreciate, and evaluate. Consolmagno examines why stories are fundamental to our understanding of religion; when being a good storyteller is essential in doing science; and how way we tell these stories influences how we think about the big ideas.