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A quote about quoting Chesterton

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It seems that in the very short time that I have been blogging, that I quoted GK Chesterton in every other post. Well, I decided not to quote him on this post but rather quote someone talking about quoting Chesterton:

“Stop quoting Chesterton is like stop eating potatoes chips…you just can’t do it”.

Peter Kreeft

Fr. Kapaun

In honor of Memorial Day, Chris Stefanick, posted this moving video about Fr. Kapaun. I am speechless…

 

If you have a family member who is a veteran and is suffering from post traumatic disoder introduce him to the story of Fr. Kapaun, he will find a friend that is in heaven and will watch over him…

http://www.frkapaun.org

Fr. Kapaun pray for us!

A brief thought about miracles

Sometimes I feel that as Christians, we are indifferent to the miracles that happen around us. Indifference is not a kind word. It is the anti-thesis of being alive; it is a recipe for boredom that leads to spiritual death. Miracles are mighty, unexpected and mysterious. They are mighty because they turn upside down the laws of nature. They are unexpected because we often don’t look for them and when they happen, we explain them away as coincidences. They are mysterious because we cannot explain them but they are real.

I wonder if the real reason why we are indifferent to miracles is because, if we really believe in them, we are forced to reckon with what they reveal to us: that there is something more than mere materialism and that something is God. Miracles force us to confront that reality and perhaps we are fearful because of what that reality may demand from us.

Another explanation might be that as Christians we refuse to ground our faith in external signs. After all Jesus said in John 20:29: “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” but if we already believe why not rejoice when the creator of the universe shows us a glimpse of his power from time to time?

The fact that many so-called miracles can be explained by science or are simply fraud should not stop us from testing everything and hold on to what is true (1 Thessalonians 5:21). An open heart will open your eyes, perhaps one day you will realize that your very existence is a miracle in itself because without God’s will we would simply cease to exist.

About the Big Bang and Fundamentalists

The recent debate between Bill Nye, the Science Guy, and Ken Ham, a young earth creationist supporter, reminded me of something that St. Thomas Aquinas said:

“First, the truth of Scripture must be held inviolable. Secondly, when there are different ways of explaining a Scriptural text, no particular explanation should be held so rigidly that, if convincing arguments show it to be false, anyone dares to insist that it still is the definitive sense of the text. Otherwise unbelievers will scorn Sacred Scripture, and the way to faith will be closed to them.”

-St. Thomas Aquinas

In other words, some fundamentalist interpretation of scripture contradicts our observation of the universe and their staunch literalistic interpretation of the Bible may be a stumbling block for unbelievers, closing faith to them.

God is truth and cannot be deceived or deceive. As Sir Francis Bacon said: “God wrote two books. One is Holy Scripture and the other is nature”. They cannot contradict each other. One reveals how God created the Universe and the other reveals why God created the Universe. They do not oppose each other, but complement each other in reviling the beauty and power of our Creator. It is amazing that not a hundred years ago, scientists like Fred Hoyle mocked the primordial atom theory, the Big Bang Theory, first proposed by Fr. George Lemeitre, a Jesuit priest, as nothing but religious propaganda.

Einstein thought that Fr. Lemeitre’s theory was the most beautiful explanation of creation once he looked at the evidence that support Fr. Lemeitre theory.

The key here is openness to evidence. On one had it seems to me that staunch atheists refuse to look beyond their biases about religion and look closer to the cosmological and philosophical evidence for the existence of God on the other hand
Fundamentalists who hold a literalistic interpretation of the Bible refuse to see irrefutable evidence about the age of the universe. Making their faith look un-reasonable to non-believers and in the process alienating people who are searching for truth.

The result of such public debate between these opposing views is that it foments a caricatured notion that there is no place for reason in faith and no place for faith in reason. The history of science as it was developed in the West begs to disagree with such ill informed notion.

“But you have disposed all things by measure and number and weight.”

Wisdom 11:20

This verse from the book of Wisdom, often quoted by St. Augustine in the third century, greatly influenced many thinkers during the early and late Middle Ages. It reveals something about creation. The act of creation was not arbitrary but carefully designed “by measure and number and weight” and thus allowed for the investigation of the world because it argues that the world was created by reason and thereby can be understood by reason. This line of thinking led to the creation of the universities, the scientific method and many scientific fields by the Catholic Church, which ultimately led to the scientific revolution.

Fundamentalist creationists staunch advocacy in favor of young earth creation can be a stumbling block for many because it refuses to accept the evidence and change its position. Perhaps St. Thomas anticipated young creationist postures when he caution about rigid Bible interpretation.

Faith properly understood is reasonable and beautiful because it brings us closer to the good, the beautiful and the true.