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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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Know Thyself: Part I

June 5, AD2018 0 Comments
Know Thyself: Part I

In last month’s column I set the stage for a series of columns analyzing and explaining the constitution of human nature from a Catholic philosophical perspective. This present column will be the first of the series. My goal in this particular column is to establish a fundamental distinction in human nature between the physical and […]

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The Innovative Philosophy of the New Atheism

January 22, AD2018 2 Comments
The Innovative Philosophy of the New Atheism

I propose to give the New Atheists, and specifically Richard Dawkins, a fair shake by elucidating the innovative philosophy implicit in the New Atheism and specifically in Richard Dawkins’ writings. Typical Assessment of the New Atheism According to its critics, the New Atheism fails to present any philosophical innovation. That explains why Edward Feser in […]

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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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Religious Freedom When Government Determines Conscience

March 23, AD2016 6 Comments
Religious Freedom When Government Determines Conscience

The Freedom of Moral Law Many years ago in a local branch of the Chicago Public Library, I came across Cautionary Tales for Children by Hillaire Belloc in which evil doers are punished in this life. The introduction asks and then answers, And is it true? It is not true And if it were it […]

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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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