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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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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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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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 (http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=24126) 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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Faith in Science? (Part II)

By Jon|January 16, 2012|Faith and Reason, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy|

In the last post on faith in science we were left wondering why there is such a strong trust in what the scientific process or method yields for us. Auguste Comte was fascinated with this last stage, this greatest achievement of humanity, the discovery of science. Even today science continues to attract an almost cult-like following. Earlier this week, the bishop of Barcelona noted that it seems the greatest crisis in the world is

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“The Greatest Crisis in the World Is One of Faith, Especially in Europe” (gran crisis de este mundo, pero especialmente de Europa, es una crisis de fe)

By Jon|January 11, 2012|Faith and Reason, News Commentary|

These are the words of the Archbishop Carlos Osoro of Valencia, Spain. “gran crisis de este mundo, pero especialmente de Europa, es una crisis de fe” I completely agree. I would become even more specific and say that it is based in a lack of understanding of why 'faith' is something reasonable to begin with. The crisis of faith is caused by a belief that only that which can be empirically demonstrated

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