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Evangelizing for Life – Chemo While Pregnant

July 25, AD2014 8 Comments
Evangelizing for Life – Chemo While Pregnant

Pope Francis has repeatedly urged us to evangelize. His oft repeated message calls us to share the word of God where we are, saying, “The Church must be in the streets”. As a passionate pro-life advocate, my participation in this call often centers on the sanctity of life. As His creatures, God’s first gift to […]

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Creatio ex Nihilo: Theology versus (?) Physics*

July 15, AD2014 20 Comments
Creatio ex Nihilo: Theology versus (?) Physics*

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.” Gen 1:1-2 (KJV) “The laws of nature themselves tells us that not only can the universe have […]

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The Remarkable Jesuit Chinese Missions

July 3, AD2014 6 Comments
The Remarkable Jesuit Chinese Missions

In late December 1668, in a contest held at the Chinese Bureau of Astronomy, the Jesuit Ferdinand Verbiest (1623-1688) correctly predicted the length of a shadow cast by a vertical rod. The Kangxi Emperor was impressed. But he challenged Verbiest to two additional tests: the prediction of the exact position of the sun and planets […]

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Creation: What Science Can and Cannot Say

July 2, AD2014 247 Comments
Creation:  What Science Can and Cannot Say

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Psalm 19A (KJV). “The laws of nature themselves tells us that not only can the universe have popped into existence like a proton and have required nothing in terms of energy but also that it is possible that nothing caused the big bang. ” […]

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How A Scientist Sees God in Nature

June 23, AD2014 15 Comments
How A Scientist Sees God in Nature

St. Bonaventure described in his essay \”The Mind\’s Road to God,\” a proto-scientific process for the acquisition of knowledge about the natural world. He explained how we can know God from creation. A child playing outside, for instance, can pick up a leaf and study it, and by doing so, he takes in the \”macrocosm\” of the world into the […]

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Science is a Servant, Not a Master

June 3, AD2014 7 Comments
Science is a Servant, Not a Master

What used to be an annoyance to me has grown into a concern. Some who are hostile to Christianity invoke science not as the fruit of our gift of intelligence, but as something superior to faith or even incompatible with it. Yet we Christians have known for millennia that the two are fully compatible and […]

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Which is real–Science or God?

May 13, AD2014 6 Comments
Which is real–Science or God?

“Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said. ‘One can’t believe impossible things.‘ I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass ” The absence […]

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Do Kids Need Intelligent Design Theory to See Design?

May 3, AD2014 10 Comments
Do Kids Need Intelligent Design Theory to See Design?

I’ve been hesitant to weigh in on the intelligent design debate because so much is already written, and I’m still forming an opinion. The body of work is computational and possibly, in part, an exact and quantitative science of objects in so far as the researchers study patterns (quantities) in nature (objects) to infer design. The […]

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The Radically Subversive Philosophy of Dr. Seuss

April 28, AD2014 14 Comments
The Radically Subversive Philosophy of Dr. Seuss

The following actually happened during one of my lectures. I said, “Neuroscience does not deal with the person; it is concerned strictly with the human organism, with things that happen inside the skull. Mind you, some neuroscientists mistakenly believe their field eliminates the concept of the person altogether. They are wrong. The person is separate […]

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A Non-Historical Question about Jesus of Nazareth

April 14, AD2014 9 Comments
A Non-Historical Question about Jesus of Nazareth

Peter Kreeft recently presented an essay on the theme that, in his claim to be God, the historical Jesus of Nazareth could not have been wrong and still been a good man. If not God, he would have had to have been a liar, a lunatic, a guru believing in some form of universal divinity, or […]

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Quantum Divine Action: The Delayed Choice Experiment

February 19, AD2014 4 Comments
Quantum Divine Action: The Delayed Choice Experiment

“There was a young man who said, God Must think it exceedingly odd If he finds that this tree Continues to be When there’s no one about in the Quad.’ REPLY– ‘Dear Sir: Your astonishment’s odd: I am always about in the Quad. And that’s why the tree Will continue to be, Since observed by […]

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Faith and Science in Context

February 17, AD2014 7 Comments
Faith and Science in Context

  I mean Faith and science in the context of philosophy. As humans we can only concentrate on one thing at a time, so we divide our search for truth into separate disciplines. Philosophy is the elucidation of those principles which must be true if what we experience of reality is to be possible. It […]

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Canonization: The Rational Judgment of a Miraculous Cure

February 10, AD2014 10 Comments
Canonization: The Rational Judgment of a Miraculous Cure

My goal is to show how the Catholic Church made the rational judgment, after serious investigation, that one man received a miracle of healing through the intercession of another. In discussing this “miracle,” I will rely on two definitions of the word miracle. Fr. John Hardon, S.J., wrote: “In theological language, a miracle is an […]

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