Hawking and the Heavens Oct14

Hawking and the Heav...

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...

Trust Not in Technol...

“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 your heavenly...

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...

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...

The Hollow Worlds of Scientism and Cynicism Oct10

The Hollow Worlds of...

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...

Copenhagen Universes Sep26

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...