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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The Very Rev. John Kartje is Rector/President and Assistant Professor in the Department of Biblical Studies and Homiletics at Mundelein Seminary/University of Saint Mary of the Lake. He holds a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Chicago, an MDiv and STB from University of Saint Mary of the Lake, an STL and an STD from Catholic University of America. Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2002, Fr. Kartje previously served as Director of the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University, and is author of Wisdom Epistemology in the Psalter: A Study of Psalms 1, 73, 90, and 107 (De Gruyter, 2014).