Francis, Augustine and Evolution (Inlcuding Breaking Update)

By Jon|October 29, 2014|Faith and Reason, Philosophy|

This article on Francis endorsing evolution is getting tossed around everywhere like its another cave-in at Rome. My favorite part is how the secular media (a bunch of communication majors) confidently comments on a topic, apparently without looking at existing Church commentary beyond 3 years time. They remain confident in continuing a cadence of Francis breaking tradition (contrary to Benedict – who also actually stated the same–as did John Paul II before him) when

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Rudolf’s Electric Rug

By Jon|September 12, 2014|Enlightenment, Faith and Reason, Religion|

Religious practice continues to decline in the West, but why, and what does that have to do with the photo I just clicked on? The typical educated person in the same society would explain this as Auguste Comte did: Man is moving past the stage of fascination with eternal mystery because the success of the scientific method in developing wonder-inspiring technology– and that shows that there are no mysteries in this world which

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Secularism On The Rise In US: 15% to 20%

By Jon|October 10, 2012|Faith and Reason, News Commentary, Religion, Theism/Atheism|

It’s old news that secular society is growing and religion is shrinking both in Europe and the United States. But just in case you didn’t believe what you hear or see on the street, take a look at this new survey: Growing Number Of Americans Have No Religious Identity WASHINGTON D.C., October 9 (CNA/EWTN News) .- A new survey shows that more Americans than ever are religiously unaffiliated, and as

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The Final Destination of Modernist Catholicism: Humanism

By Jon|August 29, 2012|Catholicism, Compromise/Dissent/Heresy, Education, Enlightenment, Faith and Reason, Religion|

Where do we end up after years and years of downplaying and making theology deliberately more vague and humanist? Well, eventually the state just recognizes what everyone else already does….the schools that aren't Catholic anymore. Who cares what the Church has to say about it's schools, they aren't under control anyways.In Holland the Catholic schools have finally reached the point where they are comfortable removing Catholic from their description. From

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Tip of the Iceberg CNA Article on Science and Faith

By Jon|August 27, 2012|Education, Empirical Science, Enlightenment, Faith and Reason, Philosophy|

How do we know there is no contradiction between biology and belief in God? Certainly not by the methods of science. Its called logic… Scientists: No Contradiction Between Evolutionary Biology And Belief In God RIMINI, ITALY, August 24 (CNA) .- Evolutionary biology and faith in God are not incompatible, two professors asserted at the international Rimini Meeting, an event that brings hundreds of thousands of people to Italy.“A proper understanding

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The Polarizing of Faith and Reason In A Few Quotes

By Jon|July 9, 2012|Culture, Education, Enlightenment, Faith and Reason, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy, Resources|

In the so-called “Enlightenment” the classical view of the world was DIVIDED. Two main movements formed which fed off of each other, leaving us with the intense debate we have today: Fideism (Faith) “Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.”  ―  Martin Luther  Empiricism (Science) (and similar “post metaphysical” theories) “If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does

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DC’s Newspaper: Georgetown Is Secularized

By Jon|May 14, 2012|Compromise/Dissent/Heresy, Education, Faith and Reason, Higher Education, News Commentary|

The front cover editorial of the Catholic Standard, DC's Catholic newspaper, had the following to say about Georgetown's invitation to the architect of the HHS mandate which has been condemned by every bishop in the United States: Late last Friday, Georgetown University announced that U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is the featured speaker for an awards ceremony at the University’s Public Policy Institute. This news is

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The Last Superstition

By Jon|May 3, 2012|Books, Catholicism, Education, Faith and Reason, Higher Education, Modern Philosophy, My PhD Comprehensive Exam Experiment, Philosophy, Theism/Atheism|

Some of you may have heard of the book by Edward Feser called “The Last Superstition”. If you have not read it, read it. It is definitely in my top 3 favorite books of all time. Why? I wish the book had been around earlier in my personal journey towards theism and Christianity because it provokes thoughts and analysis of our most unquestioned modern assumptions about the world around us.

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Old Higher Ed News

By Jon|May 1, 2012|Catholicism, Compromise/Dissent/Heresy, Education, Empirical Science, Faith and Reason, Higher Education, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Philosophy|

As referenced a few times before, it seems that the faith and reason that accompanies it is not being transmitted very well… It is already apparent that this is the case but now there are more numbers. From the Cardinal Newman Society: Study: College Age Students Losing Faith A new study coming out of Georgetown University reports that many in the younger generation known as “millenials” are abandoning orthodoxy at an

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Cardinal Pell Debates Dawkins

By Jon|April 11, 2012|Education, Faith and Reason, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Philosophy, Theism/Atheism|

The famous and anti-spiritual Richard Dawkins is still on the campaign trail for secularism following two “Reason Rallies”, one in DC and the other in Australia. Along the way he decided he would take a debate against Australia's highest ranking bishop, the text and video of which will follow below. This debate about whether God exists covers rather quickly 12 loosely related topics, including gay marriage and children…? I feel

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