Father John Zahm, CSC (1851–1922)


When Ohio native Zahm was ordained as a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1875, he was already a professor of physics and chemistry and vice president of the University of Notre Dame. He was one of the foremost advocates in the American Church for the study of science and the articulation of its compatibility with faith. His 1896 book, Evolution and Dogma, proved to be a controversial attempt to evaluate the implications of modern science for theology, and elicited censure from the Vatican.

Photo courtesy of Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame (used with permission)


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