Based on interviews with eleven Nobel Prize winners and many other prominent physicists, biologists, anthropologists, and psychologists, as well as leading theologians and spiritual leaders, Why Science Does Not Disprove God is a “well-informed and readable” (Wall Street Journal) analysis of the religious implications of our ever-increasing understanding of life and the universe. The renowned science writer Amir Aczel (“One of our best science popularizers”—Publishers Weekly) masterfully refutes the overreaching claims of the “New Atheists,” providing millions of educated believers with a clear, engaging explanation of what science really says, how there’s still much space for the Divine in the universe, and why faith in both God and empirical science are not mutually exclusive.
One of my favorite passages from Epictetus:
Never say of anything, “I have lost it”; but, “I have returned it.” Is your child dead? It is returned. Is your wife dead? She is returned. Is your estate taken away? Well, and is not that likewise returned? “But he who took it away is a bad man.” What difference is it to you who the giver assigns to take it back? While he gives it to you to possess, take care of it; but don’t view it as your own, just as travelers view a hotel.
(A phrase used in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice to exclaim the wisdom evidenced by a character acting as a judge. I believe it can be used to describe any person exhibiting much wisdom aside from strictly judicial wisdom.)
If you haven’t done so, please hie thee over to the Millennial Star blog and read this series of posts by Meg Stout:
The series begins here: http://www.millennialstar.org/a-faithful-joseph/
A summary of the above here: http://www.millennialstar.org/faithful-joseph-digest/
And this comment on a different subject: http://www.millennialstar.org/commandments-not-a-few-and-revelations-in-their-time/comment-page-1/#comment-148576
Quote from the movie Star Trek: Generations, spoken by the Tolian Soran character, played by Malcolm McDowell.
One read was enough for me, dash it. One doesn’t have to strain the old bean with multiple perusals. The thing lays itself out as plain as a pikestaff. Or as punch, if you prefer. As plain as p.
You have a new bishopric. This is their first Sunday. They are fumbling a little. The counselor releases your ward mission leader, Brother X, and then asks for a vote of thanks to him or her. He adlibs that the bishopric is here to serve the ward, if only through comic relief.
The theme for the talks is Boy Scouting. You are worried; a nice investigator family with the cute little daughters of the world is attending for the first time. The talks won’t have much to offer them, you think. The first speaker is the Scoutmaster. He has a bunch of girls, no boys. “My job,” he says, “is to raise the kind of men I’d want my daughters to marry.” Bingo.
A guy who moved in to your ward a year ago tells how a dream his little sister had, telling her to go to primary, brought him back into the church as a teenager (no one else in the family wanted to take her, so he got the detail).
In Elders’ Quorum your baby daughter belches like a hog after you give her a bottle. You spend the afternoon making lemon icecream and French fries for your oldest daughter’s birthday dinner.
That is your Mormon Sunday.
Huh. I recollected that the Council of Nicea is where Leonardo da Vinci got hitched with Mary Magdalene and they all figured to hide the Ark of the Covenant in them black hills in South Dakota? Or mayhaps this was where they co-de-fyed the rules for runnin’ an automobile car race?
History ain’t my for-tay, I knows that. I’d ruther be launchin’ thangs into orbit.
Peter Berkowitz of the Hoover Institution wrote an essay about the 50th anniversary edition of James Burnham‘s 1964 book, Suicide of the West: An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism. Berkowitz joins Steve Moore of the Heritage Foundation to talk about it on The John Batchelor Show.
Quote from the movie Star Trek: Generations, spoken the Tolian Soran character, played by Malcolm McDowell.