Edward Tarte Causes Controversy in Seminary School

You can see Part 1 of this video here.

[Hemant adds: I know I'm biased about Math, but I love this video from Edward!]



About Edward Tarte

I am age 78, once a Catholic priest for five years (in the 1960's), then a math teacher for 44 years up to the present day. I became an atheist a few years ago. My hobbies are music and chess.

  • http://www.facebook.com/d3st88 Morva Ádám

    Edward is a truly wonderful human being.

  • Agnostic

    Only the foolish will believe what is told unchallenged. I believe I am infinite in wisdom. Being non methametical, I don’t know if the universe is limited. If the universe is expanding, what is it expanding into? Vacuum or space? Will it bump into another universe as I imagined when I was in my teens and still very imaginative? I know that in Maths, I learnt an infinity sign which looks like a sleeping 8. So as someone very finite in wisdom, and always challenging people whose wisdom above mine, I wonder if there is infinity and whether the limited mind can envisage infinity.

  • A3Kr0n

    I love that little balloon pop up at the end “I do” to liking Edward’s math challenge.

  • viaten

    Good video.  The teasing for that number line gesture — it’s just asking for a “crucifixion” joke.   Would they make or allow such jokes in the seminary at that time?

  • Robster

    What does one do for Six Years at a seminary? SIX YEARS, it’s an eternity, reading the bible once is enough, praying and waiting for it to fail needs be done only once, learning to lie convincingly may take a while but not six years. Jees…

    • Edwardtarte

      The standard seminary course lasted eight years. Because I already had a college degree, they let me enter year three instead of year one.

  • OverlappingMagisteria

    Wow! My jaw dropped too, but it was when the teacher stated that numbers are not infinite.  You don’t need a college math degree to know that is blatantly wrong; back when I taught, my 7th grade students understood the concept of infinity.
    Edward, I’d bet you weren’t the only one in the class who could see right through the nonsense they were teaching you. Their rule to never challenge the teacher was there for a reason.

  • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

    I’m just finishing up Dava Sobel’s “A more perfect Heaven – how Copernicus revolutionized the Cosmos”.   It was very interesting in how the Catholic Church at the time dealt with challenging ideas to standard orthodoxy. 

  • Lefty

    i love the headroom in all of Edward’s wonderful videos.

  • anxionnat

    Hello Mr Tarte. I’ve been following your wonderful videos on friendly atheist. Thank you so much. I went through some of the same or similar experiences, as a child brought up Catholic. I did leave the church when I left home at not-quite-18, but had been having trouble with its teaching since about a year after my first confession & communion–at about age 9 I realized I was lying to the priest when I went to confession (forced, after catechism class each week.) I asked my mom, and she had no answer for me. This led me to resent the church so much (I had been brought up to tell the truth…) that I told off the bishop as I was being confirmed at age 13. I didn’t hear the word “atheist” until I was well into my 20s, but I am now, at age 59, a proud atheist. I was into my 40s before I could even talk about religion without going absolutely ballistic. Please keep sharing your thoughts as long as you are able. Of my parents’ six children and five grandchildren, all are at least non-religious, and most are active atheists. Some of the others have also discovered your videos, and I’m told that, like me, it took them years to become the non-religious, non-violent people they (and I) are today. 


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