God is Complicated – Science is Complex

Apr 29, 2021
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Fr. John KartjeMundelein Seminary/University of Saint Mary of the Lake

Free and open to the public. Presented by the Lumen Christi Institute's Newman Forum for High School Students. Cosponsored by The Society of Catholic Scientists and Mundelein Seminary.


The most important development in modern science that you’ve likely never heard of is “Complexity Theory.” 

Why do highly ordered structures seem to emerge almost spontaneously from chaotic, random collections?

Whether it’s galaxies forming in the early universe, thousands of birds forming single flocks that move in perfect unison, or the possible emergence of life from random interactions of organic molecules, Complexity Theory is producing exciting new insights into how it all comes together.  And if God works through complex systems, what does that tell us about the divine ordering of the natural world?  Join us at 7pm CT on Zoom for a fascinating dive into complexity.


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Father John Kartje was appointed as rector/president of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in 2015. A native of East Chicago, Indiana, Father Kartje was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2002. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1987 from the University of Chicago. In 1995, the University of Chicago’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics conferred a Ph.D. degree on Father Kartje. In addition, he earned a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Catholic University of America’s Department of Biblical Studies in 2010. Father Kartje has served as a faculty member at both the seminary and the Institute for Priestly Formation since 2009. He previously served as the director and chaplain of the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University from 2009 to 2013, at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Washington, D.C. from 2004 to 2009, and as associate pastor at St. Benedict Parish in Chicago from 2002 to 2004