Monthly Archives: August 2013

Everyday Mysticism: New Wood Blog

One of the “virtual” mentors on my spiritual journey has been David Backes who runs the outstanding blog New Wood.  Dr. Backes is a university professor and Roman Catholic deacon.  New Wood is a blog that focuses on everyday spirituality, … Continue reading

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Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (August 19, 2013)

“Christian faith is not fatal either to the rational method of conquering the world or to man’s confidence in himself (on the contrary, it stimulates and inspires them).  But, in conformity with the law of the integration of the natural … Continue reading

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Sunday Reflection, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (August 18, 2013): Purifying Fire of God’s Love

Today is the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time.  The weekly readings are here and are extremely challenging.  In Luke’s Gospel Jesus proclaims: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism … Continue reading

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Laura Keynes and Why New Atheists are Good for Christianity

One of the most interesting phenomenon of the last decade is the popularity of the so-called New Atheists, led by Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett.  The New Atheists are “new” in the sense that they have … Continue reading

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The Noosphere (Part III): Future Evolution of the Noosphere

Today is the final installment of a three part series discussing the noosphere: Part I:  Teilhard de Chardin’s Vision Part II: Christian Concepts of the Noosphere Part III: Future Evolution of the Noosphere The concept of the noosphere as an … Continue reading

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The Power Of Science And The Danger Of Scientism

  I have previously written on the power of science and the dangers of scientism.  Adam Frank, Astrophysicist and Professor at University of Rochester has an outstanding blogpost at NPR’s 13.7 blog titled “The Power of Science and the Danger of … Continue reading

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The Noosphere (Part II): Christian Concepts of the Noosphere

  Today, is part two of a three part series discussing the noosphere: Part I:  Teilhard de Chardin’s Vision Part II: Christian Concepts of the Noosphere Part III: Future Evolution of the Noosphere One of the challenges of Teilhard de … Continue reading

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The Noosphere (Part I): Teilhard de Chardin’s Vision

One of the key concepts of Teilhard de Chardin’s philosophy is the noosphere, which Teilhard believes is the next phase of human evolution.  Today is the first of a three part series discussing the noosphere: Part I:  Teilhard de Chardin’s … Continue reading

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Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (August 12, 2013): In the beginning . . . )

“In the beginning was Power, intelligent, loving, energizing. In the beginning was the Word, supremely capable of mastering and molding whatever might come into being in the world of matter. In the beginning there were not coldness and darkness; there was Fire. This is the truth. … Continue reading

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Sunday Reflection, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (August 11, 2013): Examined Faith Leads to a Deeper Faith

Today is the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time.  The weekly readings can be found here.  For the reflection, I would like to focus on a quote from the Second Reading, a letter to the Hebrews:  “Faith is the realization of what … Continue reading

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