9 Catholic Priest Scientists That “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” Never Heard Of UPDATED

Camille Flammarion, L’Atmosphere: : Météorologie Populaire (Paris, 1888), p. 163. Colorized by Susanna J. Magruder. Courtesy History of Science Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries.

 

The folks at RealClearScience do the heavy lifting that MacFarlane, Tyson, & Co., didn’t do.

Like the belief that vaccines cause autism or that GMOs are unhealthy, the notion that science and religion are in permanent conflict is a myth. This superficial argument persists, no matter how much evidence accumulates against it. Mostly, the controversy is kept alive by a handful of individuals — some more obnoxious than others — who have built their careers encouraging and exploiting discord instead of harmony.

The Catholic Church, of course, is the media’s favorite whipping boy. However, the convenient narrative of a Church waging a two-millennia-long battle against science is drastically undermined by a long and inconvenient history of priests who were also productive scientists. Here are a few of them. [Read more...]

A Funny Thing I Noticed About “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” UPDATED

 

Have you been watching the show? Perhaps I should rephrase that to, “Did you watch the second episode?” I haven’t seen much written about the second episode, so I figure only Artur Rosman and I may have actually sat through it. Doing so, it became pretty clear to me that scientism, and not science, is what is on display in Seth MacFarlane’s show. That and the creativity of his cartoons. [Read more...]

As the Biblical Epics Roll Into Theaters, Remember This: Bela Lugosi Played Jesus…

Those eyes!

No. Really.

When? In 1909. Where? In a live Easter passion play, somewhere.

Dangerous Minds has the details.

You may now go one about your business.

Lots of Folks Are Impressed By the Swiss Guards. I Reckon Those Folks Aren’t Marines

But I may be biased. Roll clip. [Read more...]

Hilaire Belloc on St. Patrick

Old Thunder

What follows is from Hilaire Belloc’s collection of essays, First and Last (<<= free on Kindle). Not bad reading on this good saint’s feast day.

Saint Patrick

If there is one thing that people who are not Catholic have gone wrong upon more than another in the intellectual things of life, it is the conception of a Personality. They are muddled about it where their own little selves are concerned, they misappreciate it when they deal with the problems of society, and they have a very weak hold of it when they consider (if they do consider) the nature of Almighty God. [Read more...]

The Next Time Someone Says “Beauty Will Save The World,” Consider This…

James Hunt gets light over a hill at the Nürburgring during the German Grand Prix, 1975.
Image by © Schlegelmilch/Corbis

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Spring must be in the air, or something, because my mind is on art that doesn’t belong in a gallery.

The image above is art that I can appreciate right about now. The science that brings about the machinery is art as well. At least to me.

Take a look at this short video of a Mark I Ford GT40. Therein, we get to see the machined beauty of the car in fine detail, before we hear the beautiful music it makes while taking laps. Roll clip, [Read more...]

Five Songs to Usher In Lent (2014 Edition)

It has been a roller coaster of a week. Russia invited themselves into Ukraine, Pope Francis gave another interview, a bishop in Texas did what he had to do, the reverberations of which are still rippling outwards. Can you say, hurly-burly? I’m reminded of what Rumer Godden wrote in the opening lines of In This House of Brede, [Read more...]

WWJD? Consider This…

Food for thought the next time you feel like turning over tables, and breaking out your whip of cords. Or your whip of words.

שָׁלוֹם

“Business Insider” On The Kindara App, And How It Can Help You Kick “The Pill”

Kindara Co-founders Will Sacks and Kati Bicknell

Joe Six-Pack, here. I know how it’s all the rage to root for the artificial birth control team these days, what with the HHS Mandate promising folks “freedom” from having babies at no cost. You know, treating pregnancy like it is some kind of disease.

Not that Planned Parenthood couldn’t report some scary statistics for the number of abortions provided to women who were using the pill when they became pregnant, or anything.

I wrote a post way back when about how folks aren’t  “black boxes,” and how the whole getting pregnant process could be easily explained (but isn’t, because cooties, or something). But nobody listens to me.  And the real head scratcher is why artificial hormones are reviled in beef and dairy products (Whole Foods, anyone?), and fawned over when it comes to feeding them to our moms, sisters, and daughters.

Teach our girls and boys about female fertility cycles? That smacks of science, or something.

Weird. [Read more...]

Your Pope Francis Photograph Of The Day

The Chalice, like a Boss.

*image is from a Mass celebrated by the Holy Father in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013


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