Zahm, John

Zahm, John (Augustine)

(1851–1921) Catholic priest, science educator, author; born in New Lexington, Ohio. A science professor at Notre Dame (1875–92), he lectured widely, defending the compatibility between Christian doctrine and evolutionary theory, but his study, Evolution and Dogma (1896), was condemned by the Vatican. After serving as U.S. provincial of the Holy Cross Fathers (1898–1906), he traveled in the western hemisphere—sometimes with Theodore Roosevelt—often recording his observations under the pen name J. H. Mozans.
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