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Pontifical Council for Culture

Institutions Involved:

Pontifical Council for Culture

_Lateran University

_Gregorian University

_Regina Apostolorum

_Holy Cross University

_Salesian University

_St. Thomas University

_Urbaniana University


This Project is supported by a Grant from John Templeton Foundation

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Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

Background and History

The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, established by the Holy See, was originally conceived in 1984 by Opus Dei who wanted to provide the universal Church with a tool for effective formation and research. It springs from the heart of Rome and welcomes priests, seminarians, religious and laity, men and women from dioceses around the world. The majority of teachers have both ecclesiastical and secular degrees and the teacher-student ratio is 1:9. Presently, there are four faculties: Theology (specializations in Dogmatic, Moral, and Spiritual, Church History, and Liturgy), Canon Law, Philosophy (specializations in Ethics and Anthropology, Metaphysics and Science), and Social Institutional Communication. It also has an Institute for Advanced Religious Studies. The Pius X Institute of Canon Law in Venice is affiliated with the Faculty of Canon Law.

The goal of the STOQ Project at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross is to increase the competency of the teachers and students in the major topics in the debate between science and faith drawing the attention of the public especially young teachers and researchers in the scientific field. Particular emphasis is given to the epistemological dimension.

Academic Program

2007 2008

The Relationship of Science and Faith in History and Epistemology (Rafael Martínez)

Neuroscience and the Philosophy of Man (Juan José Sanguineti)

The Philosophical Question about God and Hebrew-Christian Revelation (Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti)

Form, Substance and the Foundations of Physical Reality (Rafael Martínez)


2008 2009

The Philosophy of Life: Scientific, Philosophical and Religious Problems (Philippe Dalleur)

Methodology of the Interaction between Science and Religion (Rafael Martínez)

Intelligence: Philosophical and Scientific Aspects (Juan José Sanguineti)

Science and Faith in the 17 th Century: The Galileo Case (Rafael Martínez)


DISF Working Group 

The DISF Working Group (DWG) works in strict collaboration with DISF (Interdisciplinary Documentation of Science and Faith: http://www.disf.org) and offers a program for formation and research for graduates, researchers and science scholars between 22 and 35 years old.


2007-2008: Scientific and Philosophical Epistemology Issues

The Meaning of the Idea of God in Context of Scientific Reasoning

The Role of Information Science in the Relationship between Religion and Science

Models of Dominant Reasoning in the Scientific and Cultural Sphere

The Role of the History of Science in the Study of the Origins of Scientific Theories

DWG Final Workshop

2008 - 2009: Issues in Cosmology and Philosophy of Nature

The Role of St. Thomas Aquinas' Thought in the Understanding of Creation

Theology of Creation and Scientific Cosmology

The Criteria of Recognition in Life between the Real and the Artificial

Naturalism and Materialism: Some Historical and Philosophical Issues

DWG Final Workshop


Interdisciplinary Research Groups 

Evolutionary Biology, Order and Creation

Human Action, Cognitive and Emotional Operations

Epistemological Views on the Relationship Between Science and Faith


Scientific Committee 

Rafael A. Martínez, Program Director. Born in Saragossa (Spain), March 14, 1957. Degree in Physics (Barcellona,1981) and PhD in philosophy (Rome, 1990). Professor of the Philosophy of Nature and of Science.

Juan José Sanguineti, Faculty of Philosophy

Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti, Faculty of Theology

Valeria Ascheri, Faculty of Philosophy



Valeria Ascheri, Secretary
Via dei Farnesi, 83
I 00186 Rome
Tel. +39-06-68164567
Email stoq@pusc.it
Web http://stoq.pusc.it



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