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Editorial: Stephen Hawking is Wrong. Church is a Defender of Life, Science and the Person Comments

Hawkings view of the insignificance of the human person is sad. His error concerning how the Church views the relationship between faith, science and reason is just plain wrong. It is one more example of the continual drumbeat against the Catholic Church in an increasingly hostile culture. What is needed are well formed Catholics who can learn how to defend the truth. Continue Reading

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  1. Alex
    4 years ago

    I'm a biochemistry bachelor of science major at a research university. I've never had a single issue collaborating science with faith. I think my understanding of life in general is much greater than the average person because of it. I find it an absolute thrill to tackle these sorts of issues.

    Atheists, agnostics, and many scientists and science students (all of which I interact with on a daily basis) are overly obsessed with their own brains. They limit the existence of the universe to human logic. But no matter whose account you go by - either the story of Creation or the story of science - the Universe existed before man existed. So my question for these people who insist that our logic is the dictator of existence: How could the universe possibly abide by the logic of man if the universe was here long before man? Let us take an evolutionary approach here: Obviously when man was in its primitive form, his logic, intelligence, and rationality were many times inferior to what it is now. As man evolved, so did his mind, and so did his logic. It would be completely arrogant to assume that the logic we currently have is the ring leader of the universe and that all things must adhere to it. There were many things we were incapable of understanding when we lived in caves. Surely, there are still many things that are true that we are still incapable of perceiving. This my friends, is why God gave us faith. Humans are limited - we need not make sense of everything, we need only to have Faith. Think about it the next time you see an anthill. Ants are, sociobiologically, pretty sophisticated creatures. They can interact with one another on highly advanced levels, and perceive information in all dimensions, but they cannot perceive people. They have no idea what the heck a person is, nor can they recognize one when they see it. They simply see a visual stimulus - a mass collection of matter. Maybe my friends, just maybe, we are like the ants. That is, God is around us all the time, but our limitations prevent us from visually perceiving him. Ants have no understanding of the concept of logic. So perhaps there is something out there greater than logic that we cannot comprehend and that our minds do not possess. To assume that our abilities are at a maximum potential is to arrogantly ignore the evolutionary history of organisms that these same people profess. No living thing has ever had the largest possible mental capacity. There was always more room to grow in perceptive abilities.

    One of the favorite insults these people like to hurl at Christians is: "Religion is for the narrow-minded." I find that statement ironic. Considering the existence of a supreme being even when all odds point in the opposite direction is perhaps the quintessential open-mindedness. But to subjugate oneself strictly to logical principles and disregard all possible existences outside of those principles as atheists do, well that is the epitome of narrow-mindedness if I ever knew it. All things considered, why does one find it so difficult to believe that there can be something in existence that we cannot see or reason through? The logic of man is so flawed that we have daily reminders of it whenever we make the wrong decision. Suddenly it doesn't sound so crazy to believe in God. These atheists are as narrow-minded as my computer, which is only compatible with a principle that is programmed specifically for it; but there are certainly many more principles in existence that my computer will never comprehend. Alas, a man is not limited by the logic of his computer. Similarly, God is not limited by the logic of man. To limit God in such ways is to fail at understanding the meaning of the word "divine."

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