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Scientism: Faith in Science and Non-Belief in God; Sean Carroll’s “The Big Picture”

June 9, AD2018 1 Comment
Scientism: Faith in Science and Non-Belief in God; Sean Carroll’s “The Big Picture”

INTRODUCTION Scientism, the belief that science can explain everything about the world and ourselves, is a religion, although not formally expressed as such. When I call it a religion, I mean that it is founded on faith, a faith that its proponents say is not faith, but rationality, but which is in fact a faith […]

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Life and Intelligibility vs. Death and Inanity: Scientism and Meaning

November 16, AD2017 7 Comments
Life and Intelligibility vs. Death and Inanity: Scientism and Meaning

Moses set before the people Life and Death; from another aspect, Intelligibility and Inanity. He urged them to choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19). The Transcendentals Life and Intelligibility in this context refer to a single identity. They differ as logical, not real, distinctions. With Purpose, they form the triad of transcendentals. Each transcendental name refers fundamentally […]

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Prayer- Now and at the Hour of Our Death

October 2, AD2017 0 Comments
Prayer- Now and at the Hour of Our Death

Stories about our horrific hurricane season will be told for weeks to come. Most will eventually be forgotten. However, there is one that I am sure will endure for years, namely the heroism of one Colette Sulcer of Beaumont, Texas. Sulcer’s car got stuck in a parking lot near an Interstate 10. It is unclear […]

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From Reversion to Reversion: How a Deist Became a Theist, Part I

July 24, AD2017 0 Comments
From Reversion to Reversion: How a Deist Became a Theist, Part I

If anyone reading has ever driven down Interstate 70 from Wichita, Kansas to Denver, Colorado, then you will know how completely uninteresting the drive can be. The fields of Kansas are beautiful but it is very challenging to drive in a straight line for hundreds of miles. During this drive, I obviously had some time […]

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In the Tangle of Our Minds: “Thoughtful Theism” by Fr. Andrew Younan

June 8, AD2017 0 Comments
In the Tangle of Our Minds: “Thoughtful Theism” by Fr. Andrew Younan

There are any number of reasons to believe that a God exists. But actually proving that God exists is much harder. And once you prove that a God exists, you still have to connect said God to the God of Christianity. Philosophy is hard mental work; most of the bad ideas driving our culture today […]

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Good Atheists and Bad Catholics

August 22, AD2016 14 Comments
Good Atheists and Bad Catholics

Being Good Without God For Catholics at least, the news that atheists can live a morally praiseworthy life, or people belonging to any other religion, for that matter, is neither all that surprising nor particularly distressing. As Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said during his 2011 visit to the Bundestag, Unlike other great religions, Christianity has never […]

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Three Stumbling Blocks To Evangelizing The World

July 28, AD2016 43 Comments
Three Stumbling Blocks To Evangelizing The World

The great commission given to us by our Lord and Savior is to “go out and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). This is our Catholic duty, to evangelize the world. We must begin with our families and neighbors. To do this is no meager task, it never has been easy and it never […]

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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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Fine Tuning and Existence: God or the Multiverse

August 5, AD2015 4 Comments
Fine Tuning and Existence: God or the Multiverse

  I have presented a critique of the first part of Sean Carroll’s lecture, “God Is Not a Good Theory”. In that first part, Carroll considers possible universes such as one consisting of a single particle in motion. In this essay, I critique the second part of his lecture, which pits God vs. the multiverse. That […]

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An A Priori Argument for Atheism?

May 12, AD2015 3 Comments
An A Priori Argument for Atheism?

In the video, “The Meaning of Life”, cosmologist, Sean Carroll, proposes atheistic naturalism as consistent with the complete explanation of the universe by the principles of physics. The universe consists of elementary particles obeying the laws of physics. That is all there is. This argument begins with the observation of material reality and ends with […]

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Time and the Gospel of Sean

April 13, AD2015 24 Comments
Time and the Gospel of Sean

This is the first of two essays on the philosophy of the atheist cosmologist, Sean Carroll. The main idea carried over to the second essay is the distinction between qualitative time as the condition of mutability and quantitative time as the logical comparison of one local motion with another. Today, replacement of the lens of […]

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Dawkins Is More than Zeal

January 20, AD2014 22 Comments
Dawkins Is More than Zeal

Oftentimes the new atheists, including Richard Dawkins, are dismissed as offering nothing new, but simply expressing an evangelic fervor in spreading atheism. This could not be further from the truth in the case of Richard Dawkins. He has made a fundamental contribution to modern philosophy in the area of human knowledge; epistemology. By identifying human […]

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Is Atheist Richard Dawkins Being Responsible In His Statements?

October 4, AD2013 95 Comments
Is Atheist Richard Dawkins Being Responsible In His Statements?

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 […]

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Atheists: Made in God’s Image?

June 21, AD2013 6 Comments
Atheists: Made in God’s Image?

Pope Francis has been in office for just over 100 days. Nearly every day this charismatic man delights us with his actions and words, filling our hearts with hope, hope for the magisterium of the Church, hope for all Catholics but most of all hope for our modern world, even hope for atheists. His very […]

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About Atheism and Nothing

February 21, AD2013 14 Comments
About Atheism and Nothing

A couple of years ago, on my blog The Impractical Catholic, I made a snarky little comment about atheists feeling unhappy that people still prefer hope to despair and meaning to meaninglessness. And being a little too proud of the comment, I also posted it on Facebook. One friend of a friend — Jessica, an atheist […]

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