CATHOLIC ANTHROPOLOGY: A foundational question for learning in STEM relates to beliefs about the human person as co-creator with God of a hope filled vision of life. A Catholic view of Christian Anthropology is centred on the person of Jesus and is reflected in a STEM curriculum that is characterised by creative responses to complex problems; collaborative and relational approaches to learning and positive action for, and in, the broader community. Pope Francis: Anthropology is the horizon of self-understanding in which we all move, and it determines our own concept of the world and our existential and ethical choices. In our times, it has often become a fluid, changing landscape as a result of socio-economic changes, population shifts, and intercultural exchange, but also due to the spread of a global culture and, above all, the incredible discoveries of science and technology. Audience with participants in the Plenary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, 18.11.2017

CATHOLIC EPISTEMOLOGY: Epistemology is concerned with the act and nature of knowing. A Catholic perspective on epistemology orientates STEM learning and teaching towards practical scientific and technological knowledge that is ethical and connects faith, life and culture. It also attends to the acquisition of knowledge, skills and positive dispositions as a life-long and life-wide enterprise.

CATHOLIC VIEW OF COSMOLOGY: Cosmology relates to how we understand our place in the universe and the choices we make to live within the integrity of creation. A Catholic understanding of Cosmology, reflected in STEM learning and teaching, emphasises stewardship and sacramentality. Stewardship requires learners to take responsibility to cultivate creative solutions to complex problems of life and living. Sacramentality acknowledges God's presence in the world particularly through human activity in service of the world. Pope Francis: Precisely because man (sic) is the image and likeness of a God Who created the world for love, the care of all of creation must follow the logic of gratuity and love, of service, and not of domination and bullying. Science and technology have helped us further the boundaries of knowledge of nature and, in particular, of the human being. But they alone are not enough to provide all the answers. Today, we increasingly realize that it is necessary to draw on the treasures of wisdom preserved in religious traditions, popular wisdom, literature and the arts, which touch the depths of the mystery of human existence, not forgetting, but rather rediscovering those contained in philosophy and in theology. Audience with participants in the Plenary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, 18.11.2017
Science, Religion and Culture Pope Francis: Audience with participants in the Plenary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, 18.11.2017 Pope Francis: As I wished to affirm in the Encyclical Laudato si', “we urgently need a humanism capable of bringing together the different fields of knowledge … in the service of a more integral and integrating vision” (no. 141), so as to be able to overcome the tragic division between the “two cultures”, the humanistic-literary-theological and the scientific, which leads to a mutual impoverishment, and to encourage a greater dialogue between the Church, community of believers, and the scientific community. The Church, for her part, offers some great principles to sustain this dialogue. The first is the centrality of the human person, which must be considered an end and not a means. This must be placed in harmonious relation to creation, not as a despot guarding God's legacy but rather as a loving custodian of the work of the Creator. The second principle it is necessary to remember is that of the universal destination of goods, which also regards those of knowledge and technology. Scientific and technological progress serve the good of all humanity, and their benefits cannot be of advantage only to a few. In this way, one avoids that the future will add new inequalities based on knowledge and increase the gap between rich and poor. The great decisions on the direction of scientific research and investments in the latter must be taken by society as a whole and not dictated solely by the rules of the market or the interest of the few. Finally, the principle remains that not all that is technically possible or feasible is therefore ethically acceptable. Science, like any other human activity, knows that there are limits to be observed for the good of humanity itself, and requires a sense of ethical responsibility. The true measure of progress, as Blessed Paul VI recalled, is that which aims at the good of every man and man.