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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Benedict XVI Slams the “Enlightenment” on Easter 2012 and Endorses This Blog

By Jon|April 8, 2012|Education, Empirical Science, Faith and Reason, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Philosophy|

So maybe it wasn't an official endorsment but here's part of Pope Benedict XVI's Easter Vigil homily on 07 April 2012, where he hammers home an essential point: Photo from Daylife The darkness that poses a real threat to mankind, after all, is the fact that he can see and investigate tangible material things, but cannot see where the world is going or whence it comes, where our own life is going, what

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On the Truth Quotes (Part I)

By Jon|April 4, 2012|Catholicism, Education, Faith and Reason, Philosophy|

I thought I would share a few relevant quotes this morning: “If people are scandalized at the Truth, it is better to allow the birth of scandal, than to abandon the Truth.” Pope Saint Gregory I, the Great, [September 3, 590 – March 12, 604], Homily on Ezechiel, 7; cited by Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., Summa Theologica, Part II-II, Question 43, Article 7.) “Do not heed by whom a thing is said but

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How Things Can Be Large and Small at the Same Time

By Jon|March 23, 2012|Faith and Reason, Philosophy|

All is relative…relatively objective that is. Whether things are small or large doesn't matter because these are descriptors. They words that we invented. Things are the size that they are despite whether we can wrap our heads around them with words whose meaning can change based on context. This sounds like common sense because it is. But you would be surprised how many people don't have common sense.Take a look…. 

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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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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Faith or Feelings? A Non Rational Aspect of Religious Experience

By Jon|February 1, 2012|Empirical Science, Faith and Reason, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy, Religion|

As has been partially defined in our posts on faith in science (One and Two), faith is essentially non-rational but evidence based (defined not in the restricted sense given by empiricists but also including the type of faith you may have in the news anchors on TV), not anti-rational as many positivists (people like Richard Dawkins/Hitchens/Dennett) would have people believe. While many posts have yet to be created on the very important topic of

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Faith and Science’s Bridge: Philosophy

By Jon|January 26, 2012|Catholicism, Faith and Reason, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Philosophy|

The importance of presenting a clear understanding of the relationship between faith and reason is becoming ever more important as there is more confusion, skepticism about knowledge and scientism than every before. The Holy Father is aware of this:  Pope Benedict Creates New Science And Faith Foundation ( VATICAN CITY, January 19 (CNA/EWTN News) .- Pope Benedict XVI launched a new foundation at the Vatican aimed at building a “philosophical bridge”

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