Science and religion? More about that in Seeking Truth, below.
I see no problem with seeking truth that we find in this universe and seeking truth’s source. Honest research cannot interfere with an informed faith. Not for a Catholic, at any rate.
Seeking truth and seeking God are compatible. So are faith and reason. I thought this was true before I became a Catholic, and still do. More importantly, that’s what the Church says. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 35, 50, 154, 274, 283, 1706)
For a Catholic, faith should be consciously embracing “the whole truth that God has revealed.” (Catechism, 142-150)
We also find truth in the natural world’s order and beauty. (Catechism, 32, 41, 74, 283, 341, 2500)
I believe that God creates everything: the physical realities studied by science and the spiritual realities that faith pursues. (Catechism, Prologue, 27, 74, 214-217, more under Truth in the Catechism’s index)
Believing this while fearing knowledge of God’s world would be — illogical.
“…God, the Creator and Ruler of all things, is also the Author of the Scriptures – and that therefore nothing can be proved either by physical science or archaeology which can really contradict the Scriptures. … Even if the difficulty is after all not cleared up and the discrepancy seems to remain, the contest must not be abandoned; truth cannot contradict truth….”
(“Providentissimus Deus,” Pope Leo XIII (November 18, 1893) [emphasis mine])
Full text, English translation:
- “Providentissimus Deus”
On the Study of Holy Scripture
Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII (November 18, 1893)
(From www.vatican.va/holy_father/leo_xiii/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_18111893_providentissimus-deus_en.html (December 18, 2014))