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Where Is Your Soul?

January 12, AD 2017 0 Comments
Where Is Your Soul?

If anything could prove the existence of a soul, it is the utter emptiness of a corpse. — Mary Doria Russell, Children of God When I was little, I asked my father where our souls were in our bodies. He made a gesture in the general area of his liver while trying to explain that […]

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Sacramental Vision: Seeing God’s Handiwork in Everything

December 20, AD 2016 1 Comment
Sacramental Vision: Seeing God’s Handiwork in Everything

There is so much in the world for us all if we only have the eyes to see it, and the heart to love it, and the hand to gather it to ourselves – so much in men and women, so much in art and literature, so much everywhere in which to delight, and for […]

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A Scientific Approach to God

December 9, AD 2016 9 Comments
A Scientific Approach to God

It is said that the most popular theory for the beginning of time and space is the Big Bang. This is the theory which states that 13.8 billion years ago, “everything in the Cosmos started out as a single point in space. In an instant, everything expanded outward from that location, forming the energy, atoms and […]

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Science and the Evidence for God

June 14, AD 2016 2 Comments
Science and the Evidence for God

One of the more memorable G.K. Chesterton’s “Father Brown” stories is The Resurrection of Father Brown. In this short story the titular character is “murdered” and then appears to return to life at his own funeral, shocking the mourners present. And though he is somewhat dazed in the aftermath of being attacked and then finding […]

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Work, Play, and Science

January 26, AD 2016 2 Comments
Work, Play, and Science

The other day, I saw an article making rounds through my facebook’s news feed about a brilliant young woman whom “Harvard believes is the next Einstein.” Having nothing better to do—I was recovering from a minor surgery—and since I generally enjoy topics of interest to the world of physics, I read the article. The young […]

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Militant Scientism

October 7, AD 2015 5 Comments
Militant Scientism

One of my favorite series in science fiction is the “Spiral Arm” series written by Michael Flynn. This series is set in the future, during which mankind has colonized one of the spiral arms of our galaxy, only to fall into a dark age in which much knowledge and even technology is lost. The series […]

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Of Astronomy and a Jesuit Brother

March 5, AD 2015 2 Comments
Of Astronomy and a Jesuit Brother

Blowing out the Catholic Cool-O-Meter is a Jesuit brother by the name of Br. Guy Consolmagno. If you haven’t heard of him yet, do yourself a favor and pick up one of his books.  Br. Guy is an American born research astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory. Yes, a Catholic religious brother was awarded […]

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Hawking and the Heavens

October 14, AD 2014 12 Comments
Hawking and the Heavens

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?

May 3, AD 2014 5 Comments
Science vs. Religion, Why the Battle?

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

March 27, AD 2014 1 Comment
Dr. Quirino Sugon, Jr.: A Scientist and a Theist

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?

January 17, AD 2014 4 Comments
Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?

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

January 9, AD 2014 19 Comments
Scripture Matters, But Only Science Disproves Science

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

December 29, AD 2012 3 Comments
The Magi and Modern Times

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

December 19, AD 2012 4 Comments
Science vs. Religion? Part I of II

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

March 6, AD 2012 9 Comments
Catholics and Science

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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