You should have become a theologian…
Oh, my goodness gracious me!
Apparently, there is a local catholic priest who looks like me and I have been mistakenly identified as him at several times by various people. I have quite a few Christian friends. They are innately good people, I respect their religious beliefs and hopefully it is reciprocal wrt my irreligious free thinking and philosophical taoist perspective on their part.
OTOH, consider the catholic Society of Jesus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Society_of_Jesus
Jesuits in science:
The Jesuits have made numerous significant contributions to the development of science. For example, the Jesuits have dedicated significant study to earthquakes, and seismology has been described as “the Jesuit science.“The Jesuits have been described as “the single most important contributor to experimental physics in the seventeenth century.” According to Jonathan Wright in his book God’s Soldiers, by the eighteenth century the Jesuits had “contributed to the development of pendulum clocks, pantographs, barometers, reflecting telescopes and microscopes, to scientific fields as various as magnetism, optics and electricity. They observed, in some cases before anyone else, the colored bands on Jupiter’s surface, the Andromeda nebula and Saturn’s rings. They theorized about the circulation of the blood (independently of Harvey), the theoretical possibility of flight, the way the moon effected the tides, and the wave-like nature of light.”
The present pope is the first Jesuit pope.
The catholic church and science http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church_and_science
Some leading Catholic scientists:
Scientific fields with important foundational contributions from Catholic scientists included: physics (Galileo), acoustics (Mersenne), mineralogy (Agricola), modern chemistry (Lavoisier), modern anatomy (Vesalius), stratigraphy (Steno), bacteriology (Kircher and Pasteur), genetics (Mendel), analytical geometry (Descartes), heliocentric cosmology (Copernicus) atomic theory (Bošković) and the Big Bang Theory on the origins of the universe (Lemaître). Jesuits devised modern lunar nomenclature and stellar classification and some 35 craters of the moon are named after Jesuits, among whose great scientific polymaths were Francesco Grimaldi and Giambattista Riccioli. The Jesuits also introduced Western science to India and China and translated local texts to be sent to Europe for study. Missionaries contributed significantly to the fields of anthropology, zoology and botany during Europe’s Age of Discovery.
Pontifical Academy of Sciences:
The Pontifical Academy of Sciences was founded in 1936 by Pope Pius XI. It draws on many of the world’s leading scientists, including many Nobel Laureates, to act as advisors to the Popes on scientific issues. The Academy has an international membership which includes British physicist Stephen Hawking, the astronomer royal Martin Rees and Nobel laureates such as U.S. physicist Charles Hard Townes.
Church and science as complementary:
The Jesuit Teilhard de Chardin argued in an influential 1959 book, The Phenomenon of Man that science and religion were two vital sides of a same phenomenon: a quest for perfect knowledge.
Science is a human endeavor to understand nature and reality and it does not matter whatever any scientist is or is not if they can contribute to that end.
BTW, how do “Jesus Lizards” walk on water? http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/11/1116_041116_jesus_lizard.html
The Jesus lizards, or basilisk lisards, accomplish the seemingly miraculous act of moving on top of water by generating forces with their feet that keep their bodies both above the surface and upright, according to Shi-Tong Tonia Hsieh. Hsieh is a graduate student in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University in Massachusetts
Charming isn’t it?
And btw I did not only link to the crackpot index. Obviously you forgot that.
No, I did not. The crackpot index was your first link and the most prominent.