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Something New Under the Sun?

December 22, AD2014 0 Comments
Something New Under the Sun?

In contrast to science, which depends for its advancement upon the gradual temporal development of the technology of instrumentation, philosophy depends upon common human experience had by all throughout the ages. St. Thomas presents five ways of proving the existence of God in the Summa Theologica, Q2, Article 3. He writes within the tradition of […]

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Tipping the Sacred Cow of Science–Confessions of A Science Agnostic* **

November 24, AD2014 6 Comments
Tipping the Sacred Cow of Science–Confessions of A Science Agnostic*  **

  Definition of “agnostic” (Oxford): “having a doubtful or noncommittal attitude toward something”  “Behind the tireless efforts of the investigator there lurks a stronger, more mysterious drive:  it is existence and reality that one wishes to comprehend.” Albert Einstein, Essays in Science. “In support of realism there seem to be only those ‘reasons of the […]

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When Randomness Becomes Superstition

November 3, AD2014 54 Comments
When Randomness Becomes Superstition

Randomness refers to thought. Generally, randomness designates the ignorance of order. Specifically, it is the logical process of defining a population or set of new sets based on the composition, i.e. the probabilities, of a logical source set. In contrast, if reality were materially random, i.e. lacking order at the level of materiality, experimental science […]

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St. John Paul II’s Rapprochement with Science: A Quest for Common Understanding

September 1, AD2014 5 Comments
St. John Paul II’s Rapprochement with Science: A Quest for Common Understanding

“Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish.”  St. John Paul II, Letter to Rev. George Coyne, S.J., Director of the Vatican Observatory.  “Christianity possesses the source of its justification […]

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A Dark Age of Reason

September 1, AD2014 11 Comments
A Dark Age of Reason

Adam’s sin weakened the will and darkened the intellect of all his progeny. God promised a redeemer to remedy the human condition. Every time I read the address, which Pope Benedict XVI gave in 2006 at the University of Regensburg, I become more impressed with his outline of the surge in faith and reason in […]

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Review of “Science was Born of Christianity”

August 27, AD2014 44 Comments
Review of “Science was Born of Christianity”

In 2002, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld tried in vain to explain to the Washington Press Corps that the most difficult stage of risk assessment is identifying the information you don’t know you don’t know, what he called “the unknown unknowns.” In every project plan, there are impediments we can’t identify because they don’t stand […]

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Throwing Cold Water on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 22, AD2014 13 Comments
Throwing Cold Water on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Trendy — it’s all the rage in today’s works of charity. Never mind that the theological virtue of Charity should be a staple in the lives of any Catholic worth his salt (or leaven). That’s a topic for another day. Our hyperactive culture has found more and more ways to call our fleeting attention to […]

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When Life Begins and Why It Matters

August 12, AD2014 35 Comments
When Life Begins and Why It Matters

Part of the strategy of abortion advocates is to cloud the starting point of life so that the act of abortion is seen as inconsequential as removing a wart. Before the routine use of prenatal ultrasounds it was easy to say abortion was just getting rid of a “clump of cells” or a “blob of […]

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The Identity of a Woman

August 7, AD2014 3 Comments
The Identity of a Woman

As if identity politics weren’t bad enough, it’s taken a turn for the bizarre. In New Yorker magazine, Michelle Goldberg tells us of an ongoing struggle between radical feminists and the “transgendered” — a term that includes not only pre-op and post-op transsexuals, but also men and women who for their own reasons wish to […]

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How Not to Run an Experiment

July 31, AD2014 9 Comments
How Not to Run an Experiment

A study published in the journal Cognitive Science has led its authors to the conclusion that children “exposed” to religious ideas have greater difficulty discerning fact from fiction than their counterparts who have not been “exposed” to religious ideas. I have placed the word “exposed” in quotation marks to draw attention to it. It is one of […]

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Scientific Geniuses and Their Jesuit Collaborators

July 31, AD2014 9 Comments
Scientific Geniuses and Their Jesuit Collaborators

Herbert Butterfield, the influential twentieth-century historian, identified the Scientific Revolution as “one of the great episodes in human history,” which, along with the rise of the empires of Alexander the Great and ancient Rome, deserves a place “amongst the epic adventures that have helped to make the human race what it is.”[i] Numerous Catholic scientists, […]

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Are We Special? The Anthropic Coincidences*

July 31, AD2014 6 Comments
Are We Special?  The Anthropic Coincidences*

Scientists are slowly waking up to an inconvenient truth—the universe looks suspiciously like a fix. The issue concerns the very laws of nature themselves. For 40 years, physicists and cosmologists have been quietly collecting examples of all too convenient “coincidences” and special features in the underlying laws of the universe that seem to be necessary […]

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Evangelizing for Life – Chemo While Pregnant

July 25, AD2014 12 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 279 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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