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A Non-Historical Question about Jesus of Nazareth

A Non-Historical Question about Jesus of Nazareth

| 04-14-AD2014 | [0]

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

Quantum Divine Action: The Delayed Choice Experiment

| 02-19-AD2014 | [4]

“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

Faith and Science in Context

| 02-17-AD2014 | [7]

  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

Canonization: The Rational Judgment of a Miraculous Cure

| 02-10-AD2014 | [10]

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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Are All Great Scientists Atheists?

Are All Great Scientists Atheists?

| 01-06-AD2014 | [15]

“The laws of nature are written by the hand of God in the language of mathematics.”  Galileo Galilei “Certain it is that a conviction, akin to religious feeling, of the rationality or intelligibility of the world lies behind all scientific work of a higher order…This firm belief, a belief bound up with deep feeling, in […]

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In His Image–Does Yoda Have a Soul?

In His Image–Does Yoda Have a Soul?

| 12-23-AD2013 | [15]

“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his […]

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When Did Jesus Know He was God?

When Did Jesus Know He was God?

| 12-17-AD2013 | [14]

Little is known about the time between our LORD’s birth in Bethlehem and the Wedding at Cana where he began his public mission. So the question of when Jesus in his human nature assimilated his knowledge of his divine nature is a little more speculative than many other questions. For that reason I’d like to give a disclaimer that this essay is not so much an answer to the question as […]

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Why the Kalam Cosmological Argument Fails

Why the Kalam Cosmological Argument Fails

| 11-26-AD2013 | [3]

Time in physics is a linear mathematical variable used to express the measurement of one motion as the comparison of it to another motion. Time equals zero is usually assigned arbitrarily. A good example is the temporal count down to the launch of a rocket which is negative, with the launch expressed as zero and […]

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God, Beauty, and Symmetry in Science

God, Beauty, and Symmetry in Science

| 11-24-AD2013 | [6]

“Now, may our God be our hope. He Who made all things is better than all things. He Who made all beautiful things is more beautiful than all of them. …Learn to love the Creator in His creature and the Maker in what He has made.(St.Augustine of Hippo, Commentary on Psalm 39) ..and there is no […]

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Modern Physics, New Atheists, Ancient Greeks

Modern Physics, New Atheists, Ancient Greeks

| 10-29-AD2013 | [12]

The physicist, Stephen M. Barr, has addressed the question of whether quantum physics makes it easier to believe in God. He has answered that it has, but only indirectly, in that quantum physics falsifies the philosophy of materialism, which is the basis of the belief in atheism of many moderns. Barr notes that the fundamental […]

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Top Down to Jesus–A Jewish Physicist’s Conversion Story

Top Down to Jesus–A Jewish Physicist’s Conversion Story

| 10-28-AD2013 | [6]

“Be not afraid of faith: some are born with faith, some achieve faith, and some have faith thrust upon them.” (with apologies to William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.) In my very first blog I promised to tell the story of my conversion—how an agnostic Jewish scientist became a Catholic in his senior years, to the horror of many […]

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“Do You See Miracles?” Our Ruby Story

“Do You See Miracles?” Our Ruby Story

| 10-16-AD2013 | [14]

Stacy Trasancos entitles one of her recent posts “Do you See Miracles?” An excellent read. It prompts my response. To answer Stacy’s question “Do you see miracles?” I say “Yes!” Let me briefly describe one that happened right in front of me in a most unexpected way, of course. When my wife, Lynne, and I […]

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Fr. Stanley Jaki on the Fátima Miracle

Fr. Stanley Jaki on the Fátima Miracle

| 10-13-AD2013 | [3]

It could have been a sun spot, an air lens, some turbulent clouds, or maybe even eye tricks. The skeptic Benjamin Radford, deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine and a Research Fellow with the non-profit educational organization the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry – without investigation or research to support his opinion — suggests that it was likely an illusion […]

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Catholicism and Man-Made Global Warming Do Not Mix

Catholicism and Man-Made Global Warming Do Not Mix

| 10-06-AD2013 | [8]

Global warming and Catholicism do not mix. If you do not agree with this, you could be right. In either case, however, there is nothing we can do about it. I actually had a pair of successful business relationships slowly deteriorate because of this topic. Let me be clear on a few points to get […]

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Is Atheist Richard Dawkins Being Responsible In His Statements?

Is Atheist Richard Dawkins Being Responsible In His Statements?

| 10-04-AD2013 | [60]

One of my favorite clichés to refer to when talking about atheism has been that human cliché Richard Dawkins. Nobody just reads his books, we have seen him on television and YouTube. Atheists especially just love him, along with that other fancy talker known fondly as “Hitch” (Hitchens is gone now, and I sincerely give my […]

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Contingent is What You Will

Contingent is What You Will

| 10-01-AD2013 | [1]

What do an evolutionary biologist, the International Theological Commission and St. Thomas Aquinas have in common? They use words like contingent and contingency, but with disparate meanings. Evolutionary biologist, Kenneth Miller, and the Commission use these words with one meaning, St. Thomas with another. Kenneth Miller believes in continuing material creation and acknowledges it (The […]

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Quantum Mechanics and the Real Presence–Which Reality are We to Believe?

Quantum Mechanics and the Real Presence–Which Reality are We to Believe?

| 09-29-AD2013 | [3]

Tantum ergo Sacramentum                 Down in adoration falling veneremur cernui;                                  Lo! The sacred Host we hail; et antiquum documentum                   Lo! O’er ancient forms […]

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One Sign in our Day

One Sign in our Day

| 09-02-AD2013 | [19]

In my August 5th post, I claimed that the foundation of all human knowledge is one’s own personal experience. Further I noted that no one can acquire a firsthand experience of science from scratch because science is cumulatively vast and technology dependent. Scientists accept almost the entirety of their knowledge of science, even in their […]

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Let’s Hear It for St. Augustine: A Theologian for Our Times

Let’s Hear It for St. Augustine: A Theologian for Our Times

| 09-01-AD2013 | [3]

“Happy those who feast on wisdom and savor her knowledge, She will nourish and refresh them.” Happy Those Who Feast on Wisdom, Hymn for the Office of Readings, 28th August Who is your favorite saint? Mine is St. Augustine (Hippo), whose feast day was last Wednesday, August the 28th . Rather than giving his biography and conversion […]

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The Universe Was Created for the Sake of the Church

The Universe Was Created for the Sake of the Church

| 08-27-AD2013 | [15]

The Catechism of the Catholic Church drops this bombshell: Christians of the first centuries said, “The world was created for the sake of the Church.” God created the world for the sake of communion with his divine life, a communion brought about by the “convocation” of men in Christ, and this “convocation” is the Church. The Church […]

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Mathematics, the Handmaiden of Theology: Augustine and Cantor on the Infinity of God

Mathematics, the Handmaiden of Theology: Augustine and Cantor on the Infinity of God

| 08-22-AD2013 | [6]

This is a commentary on a fine article by Adam Drozdek (Associate Professor of Computer Science at Duquesne University), an article that has great insights on mathematics and its relation to theology: Beyond Infinity: Augustine and Cantor. Although I’ll try to summarize the main points of his article, I urge the reader to go to the original […]

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The Common Framework of Human Knowledge

The Common Framework of Human Knowledge

| 08-05-AD2013 | [4]

Chana Messinger posted a lucid essay challenging the contention that science and theology, as forms of human knowledge, address different subject matter and therefore cannot be in conflict. As examples of the overlap of subject matter she cites: “Did Jesus really live? Did he really die and resurrect 3 days later?” In her judgment there […]

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Richard Dawkins on Understanding Fractions

Richard Dawkins on Understanding Fractions

| 06-10-AD2013 | [3]

Are you English? Richard Dawkins gave the correct answer: It’s a matter of degree. You’re as English as the fractional concentration of Englishmen among your ancestors. No matter what fractional concentration of your ancestors is English, that fraction plus the fractional concentration of non-Englishmen among your ancestors equals one. Richard Dawkins has used this arithmetic as […]

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The Boy Scouts: Newly “Out and Proud”

The Boy Scouts: Newly “Out and Proud”

| 06-05-AD2013 | [23]

Uniformed Boy Scouts marched front and center this past weekend, leading the Utah “gay pride parade“ in Salt Lake City. No matter that officials from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) told the marchers not to wear their uniforms. (BSA policies prohibit Scouts from wearing uniforms while engaging in social or political advocacy.) For these Scouts, […]

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So You Think You Know How the Morning After Pill Works?

So You Think You Know How the Morning After Pill Works?

| 03-18-AD2013 | [9]

So did I. Stay with me to the end, I argue that we reject any use or further testing of the morning after pill (MAP) completely. Here is what I thought I knew. The Luteinizing hormone (LH) in the female menstrual cycle precedes ovulation by about a day. It is the pink line with a spike in […]

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Tainted Vaccines: Interview with Debi Vinnedge, Children of God for Life

Tainted Vaccines: Interview with Debi Vinnedge, Children of God for Life

| 03-14-AD2013 | [32]

Debi Vinnedge is the founder and Executive Director of Children of God for Life — a non-profit, pro-life foundation dedicated to educating the public on issues such as embryonic stem cell research and human cloning. Ms. Vinnedge’s commitment to the protection of the unborn is unmatched. She provided testimony for the Congressional hearings on embryonic […]

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Does the Bible Condone Abortion?

Does the Bible Condone Abortion?

| 03-06-AD2013 | [27]

A few weeks ago, I was participating in a discussion on Abby Johnson’s Facebook page. I can’t remember the exact topic, but I believe Abby had made a comment among the lines of how more Christian churches needed to stand up for the unborn. One of the commenters (apparently there for the purpose of supporting […]

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The Nature of Mystery

The Nature of Mystery

| 02-01-AD2013 | [4]

Most of us love a good mystery. PBS has issued “spoiler alerts” this week for their popular series Downtown Abbey. The younger generation has taken mystery a step further with fantasy worlds of trolls, wizards, dragons, and werewolves. But why do we find it difficult to accept a mystery in real life? St. Augustine famously […]

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