Fr. Mitch Pacwa (EWTN) welcomes renowned physicist and Thomist, Dr. Anthony Rizzi to discuss the importance of physics and how it relates to understanding and deepening our faith.
Biologist tend to have all sorts of ideas about religion in history, often times based on widespread misconceptions. In his book “Think and Believe”, Frederick Marks clarifies a lot of these misconceptions. He considers it to be a contribution to the ‘new evangelisation’ that is one of the main concerns of the Catholic Church, today.
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the death of beloved writer C.S. Lewis. “C.S. Lewis and Intelligent Design” is the third of three short documentaries inspired by the book The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society. Lewis is best known for his magical stories about Narnia, but a new documentary explores his life-long struggle to find intelligent design in a world filled with pain. Eventually, he is a strong defender of ‘intelligent design’ in nature.
Gerard M. Verschuuren, scientist, writer, speaker, and consultant, working at the interface of science, philosophy, and religion, explains the difference between intelligent design as a metaphysical concept and ‘ID’ as a scientific theory. He endorses the first, calling is ‘cosmic design’ and attributing it to God, the author of natural laws and creator of the world that is being investigated by natural sciences. He refutes ‘ID’ as a scientific theory which would lead to a ‘god of the gaps’. Nature, biological evolution includes, does not need the supernatural interventions to bring about complex structures. The metaphysical designer and his laws of nature, including natural selection, suffice.
Barrie Schwortz, jew and the official documenting photographer for the Shroud of Turin, joins Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe to discuss this remarkable image of a crucified man. A 56 minutes EWTN-interview with the real story about the research done and the seemingly unescapable conclusion: this is Jesus.
In a new 10 minutes video of his ‘Word on Fire’ apostolate, Fr. Robert Barron addresses the question of ‘Who God Is and Who God Is Not’. Where atheists present God often as a being among other beings, God is the subsistent act of being, according to christian philosophy. There is some reality who’s very nature is to be. That infinite source of reality which grounds and gives rise to the whole nexus of things, the non-conditioned and non-contingent ground of contingency. Sciences can not even begin with addressing the question of God. God is in no way a being within nature, the realm of science.
We are happy to share with your the recent three-part discussion between Prof Lawrence Krauss and Dr William Lane Craig in august 2013 about ‘Life, the Universe and Nothing’. These debates were organized y the City Bible Forum and made available on their Youtube Channel. The first dialogue was held in Brisbane about the question ‘Has science buried God?’; the second in Sydney on the question ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’ and the third in Melbourne on the question ‘Is it reasonable to believe there is a God?‘
Today’s popular champions of atheism are often called New Atheists, because they don’t just deny God’s existence (as the old atheists did) — they consider it their duty to scorn and ridicule religious belief. But there’s nothing really “new” about their arguments. They’re the same basic objections to belief in God that mankind has wrestled with for centuries. We don’t need new answers for this aggressive modern strain of unbelief: We need a new approach. In Answering Atheism, Trent Horn responds to that need with a fresh and useful resource for the God debate, combining a thorough refutation of atheist claims with a skillfully constructed case for God based on reason and common sense. Just as important, he advocates a charitable approach that respects atheists’ sincerity and good will — making this book suitable not just for believers but for skeptics and seekers too.
Neurologists define the Persistent Vegetative State (PVS) usually as a lack of awareness of self and of the environment. Nevertheless, more resent discoveries show that some patient are in fact conscious about their environment and of themselves as well. This has created controversy over the accurate diagnosis of PVS. Edward J. Furton MA, PhD of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia (USA) explains in a 3 minute video that we are happy to share with you.