Tag: Science

Hawking and the Heavens

Hawking and the Heavens

[ 6 ] October 14, AD 2014 |

Chesterton once observed that men generally have two attitudes towards dogma: some consciously recognize their reliance upon it, and others attempt to deny that reliance. He concluded that, ironically, it is the latter who are ultimately the more dogmatic. I was reminded of this observation a few weeks ago [1], when I saw the latest […]

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Science vs. Religion, Why the Battle?

Science vs. Religion, Why the Battle?

[ 5 ] May 3, AD 2014 |

The other night I was watching a TV documentary on the ‘debate’ between intelligent design and evolution. The program captured the turmoil in 2005 that tore apart the community of Dover, Pennsylvania in a battle over teaching evolution in public schools. A pointless debate if ever I heard one. The debate around creation and evolution […]

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Dr. Quirino Sugon, Jr.: A Scientist and a Theist

Dr. Quirino Sugon, Jr.: A Scientist and a Theist

[ 1 ] March 27, AD 2014 |

Dr. Quirino Sugon, Jr. is a scientist; a physicist, to be exact. He derives equations using geometric algebra while teaching physics at the Ateneo de Manila University. He also heads the Upper Atmosphere Dynamics Program of the Manila Observatory, where he researches on space weather. “Space weather is the weather in outer space that the […]

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Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?

Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?

[ 4 ] January 17, AD 2014 |

There are way more things to know in this Universe than you have the brain cells to record, and any one field of human study has probably by this point generated more data than a human mind, with a lifetime of study, could internalize. We should feel small standing up against the ocean of numbers, […]

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Scripture Matters, But Only Science Disproves Science

Scripture Matters, But Only Science Disproves Science

[ 19 ] January 9, AD 2014 |

As I sat up in our Youth Lounge listening to some of the youth group kids rehearse their lines for an upcoming play, I was appalled at the indoctrination I was witnessing. The play was Inherit the Wind, which recalls an early twentieth century trial over the teaching of evolution in school. The debacle sets up a false dichotomy between science and faith, between evolution […]

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The Magi and Modern Times

The Magi and Modern Times

[ 3 ] December 29, AD 2012 |

Once upon a time, angels directed shepherds to the Christ Child’s manger; how much harder it seems to find God in our midst today. Have the processes of intellectual evolution rendered faith impracticable—obsolete? One contemporary writer considers just a few of the difficulties that Christianity poses to the modern mind: The difficulty begins with the […]

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Science vs. Religion? Part I of II

Science vs. Religion? Part I of II

[ 4 ] December 19, AD 2012 |

You know the symbol: the ancient Christian fish that’s sprouted legs and bears the name Darwin. There’s a car down the street from me that has one and every time I see it, it makes me sad. Not angry, but sad. There is this perceived opposition between the two worlds of science and religion that […]

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Catholics and Science

Catholics and Science

[ 9 ] March 6, AD 2012 |

Two months ago when the topic of a symposium on Catholic education was first mentioned, I had a brief com-box discussion with my colleague Miss Allie Terrell (her submission to this symposium can be read here). What does (or should) a science course look like at a Catholic University? Or for that matter, what does […]

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Assumptions and Models

Assumptions and Models

[ 2 ] January 24, AD 2012 |

The scientific method, as does much learning in general, begins with observation. Father Stanley Jaki likened this process to the first step in the march of science, without which there can be no second or third step. We might call it a sort of first cause in scientific investigation, both in order of time sequence […]

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Beauty and Nature

Beauty and Nature

[ 7 ] December 13, AD 2011 |

It is almost inevitably the first question I am asked in any gathering with more than four of my relatives: “So, what is it that you are working on these day?” The second question is often, “So what is this research good for?”, and the third (and most important), is “And when will you finish?” […]

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Miracles and Nature

Miracles and Nature

[ 1 ] October 24, AD 2011 |

“A small error at the outset can lead to great errors in the final conclusion” (Saint Thomas Aquinas, Being and Essence, quoting Aristotle). There has been a popular trend among theologians who are looking for a more scientific bend to their theology to turn to quantum mechanics as a sort of silver-bullet explanation for miracles. […]

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Scientism, Knowledge, and Truth

Scientism, Knowledge, and Truth

[ 44 ] September 19, AD 2011 |

Today I want to briefly introduce a heresy against which I have had to contend. I do not mean necessarily that I am myself tempted by it–as far as I am aware, I am not–but rather that I have encountered it fairly frequently, and even more frequently than has the average person, due to my […]

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