A former engineer-turned-priest, who is married with children, recently explained his fascinating path from the sciences to the pulpit, saying he sees “no contradiction” between “faith and reason,” reports The Blaze.
“I’ve always been interested in science, even as a kid. So, that has always been a part of me,” American Fr Nick Marziani, author of the book Holy Fool, Holy Father, told The Church Boys podcast.
“I always found a fascinating correlation between the two. They are two different ways of thinking about reality, science and faith . . . there’s no contradiction.”
He continued, “I love the interplay between faith and reason.”
But it’s not just Fr Marziani's professional background that distinguishes him from most of his peers in the priesthood.
He is also a married father of three and a grandfather of seven who was an Episcopal priest before leaving the Church in 2006 and turning to Catholicism, becoming a priest in 2012.
“God just put in my heart,” he said of his original decision to go into ministry.
As for his choice to jump denominations, Fr Marziani explained that he was previously part of the Episcopal Church’s evangelical wing, and that he, among others, was hoping to find a place at the table “to have a proper evangelical witness” — one that permitted them to be “biblically traditional” and “responsible.”
But that didn’t quite work out, he said.