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Hi y’all! My name is Dani Seckfort. Thanks for checking out my website. Are you a catechist? Are you questioning your faith? Do you know someone who is questioning their faith? Do you like learning about science or religion? Then you’re at the right place.

I was very troubled when I first read the CARA survey that said that the number 1 reason people under the age of 25 were leaving the church was because they didn’t think that science and faith went together. They thought they had to choose one or the other. This confused me because these were the two biggest parts of my life and never once had I had any doubt that they could and should go together.

So I dug a little deeper. As my science background had taught me, I investigated....

I surveyed a bunch of adult catechists in my area here in the south east side of Houston. Then I surveyed a number of teens. The results were incredible. The knowledge and beliefs of these men and women was all over the board, but one trend stood out. The majority of both groups found multiple large issues with believing in both religious doctrine and accepted scientific teachings. The students were more likely to only believe the science and the adults were more likely to only believe the church if they felt there was a discrepancy. But spoiler...

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THERE IS NO DISCREPANCY! Both the Church and science are searching for truth. As Bishop Robert Barron says, they’re just asking different questions. Science asks what and how. Religion asks who and why. So how do we let the world know that for years and years the Catholic church has and continues to celebrate science and all the knowledge that it has blessed us with?

First, I’ve created this lovely blog. Here I will be posting thoughts on science and faith, interviews with other scientists and catechists, and helpful tips on how to include science in your faith teachings or faith in your science teachings.

Second, I’ve created Instagram and Twitter accounts to share quick little day-to-day thoughts and pictures about the great union of faith and science. Look out for some serious ones as well as some funny ones.

Third, I will be creating Youtube videos detailing some of the bigger questions people have about these two. Feel free to suggest ideas for future videos.

We as Christians are called to evangelize. In Mark 16:15 it says, “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.’” But to reach the hearts of those who are searching, we have to be answering the questions that they are asking, not just throwing general knowledge their way. So whether you have questions about science or faith or how to best talk about the two together, I want to help. I feel my call is to be a catechist, but from the perspective of a scientist.

I am the Catechist Scientist.