Today’s Gospel contains the famous phrase, “I am the way, the truth and the life. “ The responsorial psalm is less well known but just as important to me in this reflection: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament proclaim God’s handiwork. Day pours out the word to day; and night to night imparts knowledge.”
Where do we seek truth? What do we consider knowledge?
On April 22, I joined hundreds of thousands of people worldwide who were marching to acknowledge the value of scientific inquiry and truth. Like numerous people, including the Jesuit scientist and philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, I do not see a conflict between the search for moral truth and scientific truth. The approaches of these inquiries are different and they yield different observations, but I believe that there are many ways to know God’s truth and glory.
—Bren Ortega Murphy, PhD is a faculty member in Communications Studies at Loyola University Chicago. She holds a joint appointment in Loyola’s Women’s Studies program.