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Mary, Seat of Wisdom: Thinking With the Church

March 5, AD2017 0 Comments
Mary, Seat of Wisdom: Thinking With the Church

The journey in one’s faith life provokes many questions. Some will ponder complex questions and others have more basic questions. We can be accidental or intentional philosophers—but we are all philosophers, directing our lives according to a philosophy we consider or fail to consider. Life’s questions and the search for meaning are nearly inescapable. Philosophy […]

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The Missing Biblical Rib

January 21, AD2017 5 Comments
The Missing Biblical Rib

Francis Crick was an evangelical atheist. He believed that scientific understanding removed the need for religious explanations of material phenomena. Francis Crick’s Obituary (PLoS Biology, 2004) Being a scientist, one is awed by the intellectual depth and unparalleled pedagogical mastery of the Biblical narratives. They have perfectly succeeded in the past and are not less […]

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Hume, His Guillotine, and the Being of Ought

January 20, AD2017 2 Comments
Hume, His Guillotine, and the Being of Ought

You probably had your first experience of reality long before you were born, in your mother’s womb. From that experience, a small handful of crucial ideations were created. It was your first experience of otherness, as well as your first experience of selfness because I came in contact with something that was not I. This is […]

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A True Catholic Hero: Jerome Lejeune

September 30, AD2016 2 Comments
A True Catholic Hero: Jerome Lejeune

We have a dearth of public, real-life heroes. Most public figures, whether in entertainment or politics, fall far from the mark when it comes to someone we should imitate. We may be able to find examples of heroes such as Captain America or Iron Man but, in many ways, their heroism fails to really guide our […]

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Cancer God’s Gift

September 1, AD2016 2 Comments
Cancer God’s Gift

Compared to eternity, even living to be a century old is nothing. I had truly self-sacrificing full of wonder nuns who taught me through eighth grade. In fifth grade, one of these special ladies, Sister Mary Margaret, told us to imagine a dove that flew by the earth once every thousand years and one of […]

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Why the Prince of Peace Divides Us

August 28, AD2016 5 Comments
Why the Prince of Peace Divides Us

Christ is known as the Prince of Peace; as God the Son, through Whom “all things were made” (Nicene Creed), it is He alone who mediates true peace. And yet in this world we succumb to the wily tactics of the Great Deceiver, known as the “prince of this world.” The Bent One and his […]

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Transgenderism and Girl Stereotypes

August 20, AD2016 10 Comments
Transgenderism and Girl Stereotypes

One of the more memorable scenes from To Kill A Mockingbird was the fist fight started by Jean Louise “Scout” Finch against Walter Cunningham on the playground. Facing the consequences with her father, Atticus Finch, Scout is not told that she should be ladylike or that girls should not fight. Instead, he tells her that […]

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Is God Hidden?

August 11, AD2016 1 Comment
Is God Hidden?

To support his atheism, Bertrand Russell proposed the analogy of a celestial teapot. He noted that the burden of proof is not on the skeptic of the claim that there is a teapot orbiting the sun between Earth and Mars. The burden of proof is on the proponent who claims that the teapot is there, […]

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Trump And Brexit: One Catholic Non-Pundit’s Perspective

July 20, AD2016 9 Comments
Trump And Brexit: One Catholic Non-Pundit’s Perspective

The Trump phenomenon and Brexit both came about as a result of the Protestant Reformation in the early 1500s. SAY WHAT?! Some may think this statement is a bit of stretch – or even a really big stretch – but it really isn’t. History is linear and various events throughout history have happened or were […]

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With Laudato Si’, Pope Francis Outmaneuvers Both the Left and the Right

July 9, AD2016 10 Comments
With Laudato Si’, Pope Francis Outmaneuvers Both the Left and the Right

Laudato Si’, One Year Later May 24, 2016 marked the one year anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home. Unlike many pundits who stormed the Internet with their opinions and analysis on day one (much of which I strongly suspect was pre-written and already queued […]

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Our Lady of Guadalupe and the New Evangelization

June 30, AD2016 4 Comments
Our Lady of Guadalupe and the New Evangelization

According to Internet lore, Hillary Clinton once visited Mexico City and the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. During her visit, as she examined the image, she asked, “Who painted this?” The priest with her said, “God, of course.” It’s impossible to know how much further that conversation went, or if the priest explained some […]

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Can Arithmetic Set an Atheist Free?

June 14, AD2016 24 Comments
Can Arithmetic Set an Atheist Free?

We may be wary of the truth. Rather than setting us free, we may fear it will impose an obligation. We may be reluctant to reach a conclusion as true, simply because we view its implications as onerous. Take the formation of a new individual of the species by means of biological sex as an […]

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Credo Scientific Dogma Part II: Powerism

May 28, AD2016 1 Comment
Credo Scientific Dogma Part II: Powerism

Powerism is a generic term for any governing system in which one group of powered people controls, dominates, orders, and rules another group of non-powered people; while the powered people themselves do not follow laws, morality, ethics, or a code of conduct enforced for the non-powered group. Powered people have been called elites, aristocrats, rulers, […]

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God’s Fingerprints On Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand

May 18, AD2016 4 Comments
God’s Fingerprints On Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand

For those who know economics, Adam Smith is a beloved patriarch. Not only was the 18th-century Scottish thinker the father of modern economics, he was also moral philosopher. This intellectual combination was not unusual in his day, but it is rare in ours. His highly-influential work on the economic order is titled An Inquiry into the […]

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Spring Cleaning My Soul

May 15, AD2016 0 Comments
Spring Cleaning My Soul

Spring is in the air! The birds are rising earlier with the sun and the weather is warmer.  Here in the Midwest, it is never a safe bet to expect warm sunny weather this early, although it is May.  A hard freeze can suddenly put a damper on garage sale or clean up day.  One day […]

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A Thinker, A Man Of Faith

April 2, AD2016 3 Comments
A Thinker, A Man Of Faith

There is a famous thinker whose works have been condemned, whose books, in the past, were prohibited by the Catholic Church, and who has been accused of atheism. He was a philosopher, scientist, mathematician, and theologian. However, it appears that a fair reading of his words – all of them – proves that he was, […]

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Where is Truth?

March 14, AD2016 3 Comments
Where is Truth?

In a recent column, I discussed the definition of truth as “what is.” Truth is the equation of thought and thing. It is the conformity of a person’s mind and reality. But where is truth to be found? Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft sums up the greatest Catholic thinker, Thomas Aquinas, on this question. According to […]

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The Reality—or Lack Thereof—of Time Travel

January 29, AD2016 0 Comments
The Reality—or Lack Thereof—of Time Travel

(Spoiler alert: for those of you who have not seen the Back to the Future trilogy, particularly the second installment, reading this could potentially take some excitement out of watching it, but if that doesn’t bother you, read on!) This past summer, my brother brought home his movie collection and one evening arbitrarily chose to […]

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Are Creatures Created?

January 25, AD2016 8 Comments
Are Creatures Created?

  If we were to follow Richard Dawkins as our guide, we would conclude that living creatures are not created. Opposing Arguments Differ in Defining Design The point to which Dawkins’ position is a counterpoint is the argument for God, dubbed “Intelligent Design”. Both arguments are based on mathematical probability, but reach opposite conclusions. Biology […]

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A God Bigger Than Science

October 25, AD2015 4 Comments
A God Bigger Than Science

Click here to listen to this article read by the author A lot of Sundays, our small town Parish priest starts his homilies with a joke. Sometimes they’re actually funny. Like this one: God is sitting in Heaven when a scientist says to Him, “Lord, we don’t need you anymore. Science has finally figured out […]

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