Monthly Archives: January 2013

Rare(er) Earth Hyposthesis

The “Rare Earth Hypothesis” suggests that complex life is rare in the universe, and may even be unique to Earth. If life does occur elsewhere, it will only be in the form of single-celled microbial life such as bacteria. Originally … Continue reading

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Augustine: Our thoughts go wandering through eternity

Continuing Pieper’s theme (below) that “the whole world would not suffice” to satisfy man’s “thirst for happiness“, Psalm 73:25 asks, “Whom else have I in the heavens? None beside you delights me on earth.” Saint Augustine expounds on this theme: … Continue reading

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The World Is Not Enough

No, not the 1999 Bond film, but the 1958 quote from German Catholic Thomistic philosopher Josef Pieper, in his work Happiness and Contemplation (p. 38): “Man as he is constituted, endowed as he is for a thirst for happiness, cannot … Continue reading

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Aquinas: All that I have written seems like straw to me

Today, January 28th, is the Feast Day of Saint Thomas Aquinas in the Catholic Church. Albert the Great, patron saint of scientists, called him The Ox. And G.K. Chesterton says of him: St. Thomas exalted God without lowering Man; he … Continue reading

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I do not know what I do not know

Saint Augustine (Confessions, Book 11, Chapter XII) on the attitude all Believers as well as Skeptics should adopt: How, then, shall I respond to him who asks, “What was God doing before he made heaven and earth?” I do not … Continue reading

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Why Science Will Never Explain Away God

Saint Thomas Aquinas’ Five Proofs for the Existence of God, Quinque viae, have stimulated philosophical, theological, metaphysical and even scientific thought since the 13th Century. And Aquinas was simply summarizing the thought of his days, as the ideas contained in … Continue reading

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Augustine: Christians, Don’t Talk Nonsense on Science

Saint Augustine was one of the first to point out that Faith cannot contradict what can be known by Reason. As the Catechism says: 159 Faith and science: “Though faith is above reason, there can never be any real discrepancy … Continue reading

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Beauty Is a Privileged Way to Approach the Mystery of God

Pope Benedict XVI, November 18, 2009, Audience, On Europe’s Cathedrals. What is beauty, which writers, poets, musicians, and artists contemplate and translate into their language, if not the reflection of the splendor of the Eternal Word made flesh? St. Augustine … Continue reading

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