The Concept of Matter and Materialism in the Origin and Evolution of Life

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Fr. George V. Coyne, S. J. writes that the scientific notion of matter as it developed in history cannot be isolated from its philosophical and religious connotations. It is necessary to understand that history and those connotations in order to understand what we might possibly mean today by “materialism”.  Fr. Coyne served as Director of the Vatican Observatory from 1978 to 2006.

Click here for a published version of this article (in Exobiology: Matter, Energy, and Information in the Origin and Evolution of faith-science: Proceedings of the Fifth Trieste Conference on Chemical Evolution: An Abdus Salam Memorial Trieste, Italy, 22–26 September 1997).

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