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.

Does God Hate Flags? An Answer On The 69th Anniversary Of The Flag Raising On Iwo Jima

69 years ago today…

I saw a blog post with this title recently: God Hates Flags: The Public Nature of Theology. It’s a pretty good piece written by Artur Rosman regarding the events going down in Ukraine.

I respect Rosman’s viewpoints regarding events in Eastern Europe, as he is from Poland. But I’ve been reading the Bible a little, and from this passage in Numbers it appears that no, God does not hate flags. [Read more...]

Gay Man Refused Last Rites? “GetReligion” Has Some Thoughts On This Story

You’ve probably seen the story published by The Washington Post about the gay man who was allegedly denied a Sacrament by a priest because he was gay.

When I read the story, something didn’t smell right to me. The first thing that popped into my head though was a question. Is this news? Or is it propaganda disguised as news? I think it is the latter.

GetReligion has a fine stable of writers who, unlike many journalists, actually do “get” religion. Terry Mattingly does a great job sifting through this lopsided attempt to snare readers with an outrage inducing headline and lede.

Take a look, [Read more...]

“Since The Divorce Rate Is So High, Let’s Opt For 10 Year Long (Term Renewable) Marriages Instead!”

Seriously? I LOL’d. Nice try, Adriana Cohen, but you obviously have never been involved in a) contract negotiations, or b)received every businesses idea of a good time: the Request For Proposal. You know, as your current contract rounds the corner for “renewal,” and your services are put out for bid.

Enduring water boarding is a bit more civilized than enduring that. [Read more...]

A Few Words For Wednesday (Music Edition)

It’s kind of like this, see.

Ah, words. Can’t live with ‘em; can’t live without ‘em. Right now, I can’t live with ‘em.
There are better bloggers whom you can read today, though. Head on over to the Catholic Channel homepage for a bushel of their good stuff.

Or, put your headphones on and you can listen to a few of my favorite tunes instead.

 

U2, Mysterious Ways.
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Bigotry Watch: Chuck Norris, Or U.S. News and World Report? UPDATED

Seriously? I mean you just knew that Chuck Norris was not going to be the bad guy in this post. Right? [Read more...]

BREAKING: SCOTUS Suspends Same-Sex Marriages In Utah

The Associated Press shared the news a few minutes ago.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has put same-sex marriages on hold in Utah, at least while a federal appeals court more fully considers the issue. [Read more...]

Because the Mandated HHS Rules Strike at the Heart of Freedom

Originally, this post was published in mid-January, 2012. A few days later, the thoughts I read by John Courtney Murray, SJ, inspired me to draft the little petition that, with the help of 29,000+ folks, got the White House’s attention when they determined that the HSS Mandate was, for the Church, a “fait accompli.”

Given Justice Sotomayor’s decision to block the Administration’s HHS Mandate toward’s The Little Sisters of the Poor, I’ve decided to dust this off and republish it. [Read more...]


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