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The Fallacy of Placing Faith in Science Rather than in God

October 15, AD2017 2 Comments
The Fallacy of Placing Faith in Science Rather than in God

It’s curious how people who claim to have faith in science criticize Christians for believing in God based on faith. Yet, what science has to offer has become a belief system, itself (e.g. religion.) And this “religion” fails to offer any sound, unchanging, and omnipotent foundation. While science is supposed to be based upon logic, […]

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Was the World Made in Seven Days?

October 14, AD2017 1 Comment
Was the World Made in Seven Days?

Christianity has had a somewhat rocky relationship with science these last few centuries. While many people would argue that there are no real contradictions between our faith and genuine scientific findings, not everyone agrees. There are some who believe that several tenets of modern science, such as evolution and heliocentrism, contradict the teaching of Scripture. […]

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The Heartbreak of Making End of Life Decisions

October 8, AD2017 3 Comments
The Heartbreak of Making End of Life Decisions

Two years ago, my mother-in-law entered a hospice facility. She was afraid to die and afraid to be alone, so I stayed at the hospice center with her. One of her friends came everyday around noon to relieve me and then I’d go back later in the afternoon and stay the night. After about ten […]

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Did Neanderthals Have a Soul?

September 6, AD2017 29 Comments
Did Neanderthals Have a Soul?

The magisterium of the Church takes a direct interest in the question of evolution, because it touches on the conception of man, whom Revelation tells us is created in the image and likeness of God Pius XII underlined the essential point: if the origin of the human body comes through living matter which existed previously, the […]

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Living in the Mutable: Of Time and Eternity

August 14, AD2017 3 Comments
Living in the Mutable: Of Time and Eternity

Pope St. John Paul II begins the encyclical Fides et Ratio with the admonition “Know Yourself”. Most apparently, we are material creatures and as such are mutable. We change. Change is time. In contrast, God is immutable, eternally so. He does not change. This essay is a meditation on time, on our nature as material […]

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Plato, Miracles, and the Reality of Matter

July 17, AD2017 0 Comments
Plato, Miracles, and the Reality of Matter

Plato realized that the intelligible is immaterial by identifying a fundamental difference between the intelligible and the material. The intelligible is universal, while the material is particular. The concept of dog is universal: it applies to all dogs, whatever might be the medley of particular properties possessed by each material dog. Plato proposed that there […]

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Of Mice and Men, SHEEFs and Chimeras

July 1, AD2017 0 Comments
Of Mice and Men, SHEEFs and Chimeras

When scholars study a thing, they strive To kill it first, if it’s alive; Then they have the parts and they’ve lost the whole For the link that’s missing was the living soul. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust: First Part In his June 5 column titled, “Sympathy for the Devil,” Archbishop Charles Chaput observed […]

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The Catholic Church and Science

June 22, AD2017 7 Comments
The Catholic Church and Science

Many people erroneously believe that the dark ages were caused by the Catholic Church and its hatred of science/love of superstition, and its dominant control of the mind of man during what has been called the “medieval” or “dark ages.”  But nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, just the opposite is true. […]

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Continuing the Reconciliation of Evolution with Revelation

June 14, AD2017 4 Comments
Continuing the Reconciliation of Evolution with Revelation

The purpose of revelation is not to confirm what man can know of material and immaterial things through his own natural capacity. The purpose is to inform man of the supernatural plan of God: “His will that men should have access to the Father, through Christ, the Word made flesh, in the Holy Spirit and […]

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Connecting with Nature to Develop a Faith Based Stewardship

May 24, AD2017 2 Comments
Connecting with Nature to Develop a Faith Based Stewardship

April 22 was the annual Earth Day celebration and many valuable seminars, lectures, and exhibits were provided around the country to increase the awareness of the challenges facing our environment. However, there were also some of the more radical views expressed such as the call for “nature rights”. Examples highlighted were a river in New […]

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Can Christians Believe in a Christ Without Miracles?

May 19, AD2017 0 Comments
Can Christians Believe in a Christ Without Miracles?

Do we really need to believe in certain miracles to be Christians? That is the question Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times asked Evangelical pastor Rev. Tim Keller and more recently former President Jimmy Carter. The answer Kristof seems to want is, “No, you can be skeptical about the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection […]

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Is The Church Out of Her League on the Environment?

April 24, AD2017 2 Comments
Is The Church Out of Her League on the Environment?

Many continue to raise questions about the Church’s role and expertise in addressing environmental issues. Eyebrows were recently raised with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences workshop on “How to Save the Natural World on Which We Depend” and with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) letter to the U.S. Secretary of State regarding environmental […]

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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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