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Book Review: Particles of Faith

October 11, AD 2016 8 Comments
Book Review: Particles of Faith

Particles of Faith, by Stacy Trasancos, is a must-read for Catholics (and others of good faith) who are weary of the vitriol in the faith-science dialogue. What follows is my review of this book. Disclaimer: I have received no compensation for the following review, save only for an advance copy of the book. As in […]

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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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The Trouble with Transhumanism

June 23, AD 2015 7 Comments
The Trouble with Transhumanism

Transhumanism is a desperate belief system that grasps at technological straws. But the raw desperation in that grasping has the potential–like all Utopian movements–to unleash violently destructive forces. Caveat emptor.” (Wesley J. Smith). There are a number of pressing issues in the broad realm of bioethics. Abortion may well be the biggest bone of contention […]

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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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Trust Not in Technology

February 7, AD 2012 0 Comments
Trust Not in Technology

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat (or drink), or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet […]

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Beauty and Nature

December 13, AD 2011 7 Comments
Beauty and Nature

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

October 24, AD 2011 1 Comment
Miracles and Nature

“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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The Hollow Worlds of Scientism and Cynicism

October 10, AD 2011 3 Comments
The Hollow Worlds of Scientism and Cynicism

It is frightening to think of the extent to which people are now being encouraged to banish from the minds of their children great questions as devoid of all meaning; to dispel the wonder that is a young mind’s birthright; to confine their spirit to petty problems that can be answered once and for all […]

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Copenhagen Universes

September 26, AD 2011 9 Comments
Copenhagen Universes

There is a claim which runs essentially like this: “Quantum mechanics says that the universe can create itself from nothing.” I have previously addressed the implications of this claim from the perspective of the universe’s contingency–a universe which can come uncaused form nothing can also return uncaused to nothing, and hence any guarantee of its […]

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