Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, OP

Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, O.P., currently serves as a Professor of Biology and of Theology at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. He received his Ph.D. in Biology from M.I.T. where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Leonard Guarente. Fr. Austriaco also completed a Pontifical Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. His NIH-funded laboratory at Providence College is investigating the genetic regulation of programmed cell death using the yeasts, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida albicans, as model organisms. His first book, Biomedicine and Beatitude: An Introduction to Catholic Bioethics, was published by the Catholic University of America Press.

  • Believing Scientists Respond: Why Are You a Christian?

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    Believing Scientists Respond: Why Are You a Christian? | Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, OP

    For these scientists, only Christian faith can truly make sense of the world. Read More >

    Basics PART 1 of 3
  • The Relationship between Science and Religion According to “Laudato Si’”

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    The Relationship between Science and Religion According to “Laudato Si’” | Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, OP

        Science may find a solution to our current social and ecological ills, but religion will be needed to actually make that solution happen. Read More >

    Going Deeper
  • Pope Francis on Evolution, Creation, and Magic

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    Pope Francis on Evolution, Creation, and Magic | Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, OP

    In his speech to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on October 27, Pope Francis made several comments on evolution and creation that have generated significant controversy. ... Read More >

    Basics
  • St. Thomas Aquinas and the Fittingness of Evolutionary Creation, Part 2

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    St. Thomas Aquinas and the Fittingness of Evolutionary Creation, Part 2 | Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, OP

    No one thinks that Michelangelo ‘wasted’ marble because there were leftover pieces after he had completed sculpting his masterpiece. There is no waste when the agent fitti... Read More >

    Basics PART 2 of 2
  • St. Thomas Aquinas and the Fittingness of Evolutionary Creation, Part 1

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    St. Thomas Aquinas and the Fittingness of Evolutionary Creation, Part 1 | Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, OP

    It is easy to write a book, but impossible to make a book that writes itself. God, however, not only causes, but also creates creatures who are in themselves true causes. Read More >

    Basics PART 1 of 2