Dr. John Finley (’99), professor of philosophy at Kenrick-Gl
Dr. John Finley (’99), professor of philosophy at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis (Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

“Anything legitimately discovered by science can only help in terms of the overall evangelization effort of our Church,” says Dr. John Finley (’99) in a recent story in the St. Louis Review. “Since God is the author of it all, of course, it’s going to complement what we learn in theology.”

A professor of philosophy at the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Dr. Finley has helped to secure a $10,000 Templeton Foundation grant to incorporate natural science into his seminarians’ studies. Using the proceeds from the grant, Dr. Finley will offer a class next year entitled “Man and Woman, He Created Them: What Science Tells Us About Gender.” The course will examine the Church’s teaching on a host of timely and contentious issues — including gender theory, marriage, contraception, and the all-male, celibate priesthood — in light of the biology of the human person. “It’s amazing how many issues funnel their way back to ‘what is a man and what is a woman?’” says Dr. Finley. “In some way, they all have to do with our understanding or lack of understanding of what is a man and what is a woman.”

In the St. Louis Review story, author Dave Luecking notes that Dr. Finley “routinely taught across disciplines — for example, in science, the Bible or philosophy” during his “previous teaching stint” as a tutor at the College. “I enjoyed that interdisciplinary emphasis, so this makes a lot of sense,” says. Dr. Finley. “It brings science into dialogue with philosophy and theology.”

Dr. John Finley was back at the College just last month to deliver a lecture, The Extraordinary Unity of the Human Being.