If you learn anything new all week…learn this. Faith in Science (Part III)

By test|February 24, 2012|Modern Philosophy, Philosophy, to be moved|

Learn these three words: Occasionalism  Conservationism   Concurrentism  These three words summarize the three main worldviews with regard to the relationship between God and the world…that is every perspective generally fits into one of the three. As a preface, ever since Aristotle was rejected in the “Enlightenment”, forms of the first and second views have become ever more popular in the western world. This change essentially manifests the polarization of faith and

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Did the Appearance of Religion Coincide with the Revelation of God or Precede It?

By Jon|February 23, 2012|Empirical Science, Faith and Reason, Philosophy, Religion|

  Before the weekend break, in my post    earlier, I mentioned that the distinction between atheism and theism is probably the most ancient and serious distinction that has been around. The question of when and why religion began appearing on the earth is something that has always intrigued me. Did the arrival of the practice of religion predate therevelation of God himself to humanity? How does this correlate with the creation story of Genesis? A new field of study has started to pick up steam: Fundamental Anthropology of Religion   , so named by Fr. Ries, a scientist and recently named honorary Cardinal. He says that man has “been

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By Jon|February 23, 2012|Humor, Politics|

I just have to share this video: You thought I was talking about another kind of extremism, didn't you?I'd really like to examine how that word has come to be used lately. It comes from the Latin extera, meaning near the edge or outside. However, these were the first results I get from Google on 23 February 2012: Extremist groups demand yet infringe on religious rights ‎ Truman Index – 11 hours ago

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“We must not remain silent before evil” Lent 2012 Message from the Holy Father

By Jon|February 22, 2012|News Commentary|

Comments andEmphasis 22 February 2012 Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Lenten season offers us once again an opportunity to reflect upon the very heart of Christian life: charity. This is a favourable time to renew our journey of faith, both as individuals and as a community, with the help of the word of God and the sacraments. This journey is one marked by prayer and sharing, silence and fasting, in

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Blogging: Idle Gossip or Real Potential? (Blog Effect Part I)

By Jon|February 21, 2012|Culture|

It can be both. Today from the Cardinal Newman Society we see the effect that writing on the internet can have. My comments are in blue and emphasis in bold: Villanova Cancels Invitation to Radical Gay Rights Performer Who Blames Catholic Blogs Following a report by The Cardinal Newman Society, Villanova University, a Roman Catholic Augustinian University outside Philadelphia, has now cancelled the invitation to a militant gay rights performance artist who

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Real Catholic Schools Are the Ones Rising

By test|February 20, 2012|Catholicism, Education, Faith and Reason, Philosophy, to be moved|

From the Cardinal Newman Society: The Faithful Catholic College Boom It’s springtime for faithful Catholic colleges in America, the National Catholic Register is reporting, with an emphasis on those featured in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. For a variety of reasons, many parents are thinking long and hard about where they’re sending the kids to college and because of that, many faithful Catholic colleges are seeing increases in enrollment and a bright

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Existentialism: Nietzsche and JP Richter–A World Without God

By test|February 16, 2012|Faith and Reason, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy, to be moved|

If you saw my post about Fulton Sheen, you would have heard him read the following passage from Nietzsche, which I am sure many of you are familiar with: THE MADMAN—-Have you not heard of that madman who lit a lantern in the bright morning hours, ran to the market place, and cried incessantly: “I seek God! I seek God!”—As many of those who did not believe in God were

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A Reflection on Randomness-Literally

By Jon|February 10, 2012|Modern Philosophy, Philosophy|

I was thinking this morning after reading in Aquinas his treatment of teleology, or in other words, directed/oriented/consistent/purpose filled behavior, I found it perpexing that he ends his sentence with “unless by chance: “Respondeo dicendum quod omne agens agit propter finem, alioquin ex actione agentis non magis sequeretur hoc quam illud, nisi a casu.” Pars Prima Question 44, Article 4: (“Every agent acts for an end, otherwise one thing would

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Relevant Text: On The True Nature of Liberty by Leo XIII (1888)

By Jon|February 8, 2012|Catholicism, Philosophy|

My emphasis in bold. LIBERTAS ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIIION THE NATURE OFHUMAN LIBERTY To the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, andBishops of the Catholic World in Grace andCommunion with the Apostolic See. Liberty, the highest of natural endowments, being the portion only of intellectual or rational natures, confers on man this dignity – that he is “in the hand of his counsel”(1) and has power over his actions. But the manner

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