Dawkins Too Busy with the Crowd to Worship His Savior?

By test|April 25, 2012|Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Philosophy, Theism/Atheism, to be moved|

Are “Reason Rallies” more important than (empirical) science? If for nothing else, this project makes a point…that the confidence in the explanatory power of modern empirical science esps (MES) espoused by Richard Dawkins remains limited. The shroud of Turin remains a mystery– that doesn't mean that there is no answer of course there is an answer–all knowledge, including that acquired by modern empirical science (MES) is based on the principle

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Notre Dame’s Profs Band Against Bishop Jenky

By Jon|April 24, 2012|Compromise/Dissent/Heresy, Education, Higher Education|

It comes to our attention this morning that a number of professors at Notre dame (49) have signed a letter asking for Bishop Jenky to resign from the board of Trustees of the university following his controversial remarks (which have been seriously misportrayed). Cardinal Newman Society reports: 49 Notre Dame Professors, Staff Protest Alumnus and Board Member Bishop Jenky Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky preached during Sunday Mass last week that the

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Leaving China for Singapore

By Jon|April 23, 2012|Personal, Travels|

I am now in Hong Kong airport waiting for my plane for Singapore. The prices in Hong Kong are so low comparatively that I spent $150 worth of Hong Kong money and received about $400 worth of brand-name material. Now I know why Hong Kong is the center of commerce.





Travelling To Hong Kong Tomorrow

By Jon|April 17, 2012|Personal, Travels|

I wish to let my readers know that in the coming week and a half the posts will be a bit fewer because tomorrow I will be travelling to Hong Kong in order to attend Serra's 16th Asian Convention, and afterwards by the generous invitation of a friend I will go to Singapore. I will be sure to update the blog with some aspects of my journey and please keep the

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On the Nature of True Liberty (7-9)

By Jon|April 17, 2012|Catholicism, Philosophy|

We left off by recognizing that reasoning always takes place before an act of will/volition. Thus continues the text: 7. Such, then, being the condition of human liberty, it necessarily stands in need of light and strength to direct its actions to good and to restrain them from evil. Without this, the freedom of our will would be our ruin. [By choosing to deprive ourselves of the fullest good we

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The Ultimate Promise of the “Enlightenment”: Transhumanism

By Jon|April 17, 2012|Education, Enlightenment, Modern Philosophy|

Transhumanism is the idea that man should eventually transform and make improvements on his body by technological advances. The goal is to become posthuman. Nearly all religious traditions have held that life after death is something which awaits us–whether it be by reincarnation, eternal punishment or pleasure/union with goodness, or simply various other imaginative ideas  created by the Romans (like pushing a rock up a hill for eternity). However, in the

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On The Nature of True Liberty (4-6)

By Jon|April 16, 2012|Books, Catholicism, Education|

Here we continue our analysis of Libertas Praestantissimum, the relevant encyclical of Leo XIII in 1888. Read here the last (and first post), in which Leo XIII defines liberty and begins identifying the modern shift in its definition. Here follows the text: 4. As the Catholic Church declares in the strongest terms the simplicity, spirituality, and immortality of the soul, so with unequalled constancy and publicity she ever also asserts its

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Be Louder!! Online Social Activism

By Jon|April 16, 2012|Culture|

This morning I was reminded of the importance of using social media alongside blogging by the fine Thomas Peters over at CV.org. He makes an analysis of what Catholics need to do to be more effective online. My comments in blue. You read me right: Catholics are failing at online activism. Sure, if you’re reading this, you probably know a heck of a lot more than your average Catholic about online

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England: Humanists Try to Block Catholic School Founding

By Jon|April 16, 2012|Compromise/Dissent/Heresy, Education, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary|

I think many times we have the benevolent impression that we are given from humanists: “We want the best for mankind without worrying about an afterlife. Let's focus on improving the world now.” Now of course not all humanists are the same but in England, where they are more militant, I'm starting to think they are…  Two of the most central humanist principles are liberty and reason (usually in the

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Hawking, Math and the World

By Jon|April 16, 2012|Education, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy, Theism/Atheism|

A quote from Stephen Hawking earlier today via Biltrix surprised me: “This may sound odd, but according to the laws of nature concerning gravity and motion, laws that are among the oldest in science, space itself is a vast store of negative energy – enough to ensure that everything adds up to zero. I’ll admit that unless mathematics is your thing, this is hard to grasp, but it’s true.”  This is a

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