Category Archives: Science

The Conflicts of Columbus

Max cited Christopher Columbus, and I can’t pass up an opportunity to set the record straight on science, exploration, and Christianity. As for Columbus – there were many sailors just before his era who were beginning to venture further out … Continue reading

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Sex, Gender, and Such

Lisa Fullam has a terrific summary at dotCommonweal on the basics of sex and gender. It rubs against the Gospel of ToB, but largely seems to be spot-on with what I’ve learned about people. Predictable hand-wringing in the commentariat about … Continue reading

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Priest and Scientist

I recommend the brief Crux article on people who were both priests and scientists. I suggest skipping the commentary, though. A few Jesuits were among the clergy listed, but one of my favorites was a diocesan priest: Georges Lemaître (1894-1966) The … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Copernicus Complex

Science writer and astrobiologist Caleb Scharf tackles the question of life in the universe. Is it common? Is it rare? Are we unique, here on Earth? The simple answer is: we don’t know. The more complex answer is that we … Continue reading

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Kenyan Bishops

The bishops of Kenya: what to think? They accuse WHO and UNICEF of population control, and their case is widely acknowledged to be weak at best, and likely non-existent. Have they been duped by pseudo-science, inexperience, ignorance, or the blogosphere? … Continue reading

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I had meant to post the written transcript of what I preached the other Thursday night at the student Mass, but clearly, I didn’t get around to it. When I was a boy I loved insects. The praying mantis was … Continue reading

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Good Guy Awarded

… and not just because he’s an astronomer and/or a Jesuit. Guy Consolmagno SJ, coordinator for public relations at the Vatican Observatory scored the Carl Sagan Medal. From the awarders: (He) has become the voice of the juxtaposition of planetary science and astronomy with … Continue reading

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