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Galileo Redux: Church Meddling in Science?

February 16, AD2015 6 Comments
Galileo Redux: Church Meddling in Science?

“Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings  “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 […]

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Intelligent Design and Darwinian Gradualism

February 16, AD2015 8 Comments
Intelligent Design and Darwinian Gradualism

The dispute, ‘Intelligent Design’ vs. Neo-Darwinism, is philosophical, namely whether the origin of biological forms is rational or random. The ‘ID’ side proceeds from the philosophical conclusion of biological design to the existence of a designer, namely God. However, each side wishes to have its argument viewed as scientific. One approach by the ID proponents […]

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The Hazards of Creationism

February 15, AD2015 6 Comments
The Hazards of Creationism

In late October, Pope Francis made some remarks supporting the theory of evolution. Although he merely echoed what Pope John Paul II had said about evolution two decades ago, nevertheless a media frenzy ensued. To understand why, it’s wise to remember that both print and TV media thrive on controversy, whereas agreement or conciliation aren’t […]

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Born to Rest in Truth

February 11, AD2015 1 Comment
Born to Rest in Truth

Is your washing machine running? Maybe you’ve had the experience I’ve had. Wet clothes, especially towels, get unevenly distributed in the tub, causing it to spin madly and make frightening noises. Sometimes it sounds like the beating of a large bass drum, a beating that escalates in frequency and intensity. Some washing machine models automatically […]

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Let’s Be Reasonable About Vaccines

February 4, AD2015 52 Comments
Let’s Be Reasonable About Vaccines

Readers, please do not write me off as a rabid “anti-vaxxer,” because I am not opposed to vaccines in general, nor do I dispute their medical efficacy. My kids have received DTAP and all other ethically-sourced vaccines. I only wish to explore the moral choices that we, as Catholics, have to make regarding the use […]

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The Rape Exception: Getting to the Roots of Abortion

January 26, AD2015 56 Comments
The Rape Exception: Getting to the Roots of Abortion

Love him or hate him, Matt Walsh has a way of purposefully stating the obvious with a take no prisoners approach. I haven’t read many of his posts but Yes, I am Prolife Even in Cases of Rape and Incest. Here’s Why had me at the headline. I, too, share this sentiment and, as my […]

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Does Quantum Mechanics Provide an Analogy for the Trinity?

January 19, AD2015 13 Comments
Does Quantum Mechanics Provide an Analogy for the Trinity?

  Introduction A stumbling block in my conversion process was dealing with the concept of the Holy Trinity–as a Jew, a cornerstone of my minimal religious faith was the Sh’ma Yisrael, that God was One: “שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יהוה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יהוה אֶחָד –  Sh’ma Yisra’el YHWH Eloheinu YHWH Eḥad” Hear O Israel, the LORD is our God, the LORD […]

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Something New Under the Sun?

December 22, AD2014 7 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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