Stephen Hawking’s Cosmic Slot Machine (Part I)

09/11/2010 Comments (21)

I’ve read a number of books by Stephen Hawking (pictured) and Leonard Mlodinow, writing both together and separately. I’ve enjoyed them. They’re informative and funny, and they make clear some pretty deep concepts of physics and mathematics—without burdening you with a bunch of equations (that’s some trick).

But their new book The Grand Design was a disappointment.

It’s a short read, which is fine, though I was surprised when I discovered that the last 25% of the already-short book to be composed of back matter (an exotic form of matter discovered by publishers; it consists of glossaries, indexes, author bios, acknowledgements, and the like).

Despite its brevity, it does a good job...READ MORE

Filed under astronomy, atheism, constant, cosmology, design, existence of god, god, leonard mlodinow, philosophy, quantum mechanics

Writer Incensed at Handling of Homosexual "Marriage" Case

09/06/2010 Comments (118)

“It’s happening again.”

So begins a column over at Irish Central by Cahir O’Doherty (pictured).

“What is ‘it’—the it that is happening again?” you ask.

I’m not entirely sure. The headline, which is the logical lead-in for the first line of the piece, says, “Catholic Church fires Mass woman for marrying.”

I know; I know. What is a “Mass woman”? A woman who serves at Mass? This is not an established term in the Church’s liturgical books. But it turns out that “Mass” in this case means “Massachusetts.” O’Doherty or his editor failed to include a period that would have clarified a bit.

But as far as I know, the Catholic churches in Massachusetts are not in the habit of firing women when...READ MORE

Filed under catholic schools, homosexual "marriage", homosexuality, irish central, massachusetts, same-sex "marriage", springfield

"Stop All Shows Glorifying Human Birthing!"

09/03/2010 Comments (20)

Al Gore Lied, James J. Lee Died.

That’s the premise of this piece at Big Hollywood (warning: language). Author John Nolte writes:

[M]ost environmentalists are lying liars who know they’re lying. Because if you honestly believe man is destroying the planet, that the apocalypse is nigh, you prepare for it. Most coastal elites are Global Warming believers and yet Global Warming, we’re told, will make the oceans rise to the point that will someday put much of the coast, especially Manhattan underwater. So why aren’t coastal elites moving inland? Why aren’t they pulling a Lex Luthor and buying up all that cheap property that will someday be the new coast?

Strongly worded! And you gotta give...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, al gore, big hollywood, contraception, eco-terrorism, environmentalism, james j lee, john nolte, manifesto, misanthropy

Okay, Liturgical Rant Time

08/25/2010 Comments (86)

This Sunday when I went to Mass there was a guest priest, someone I’d never seen before. As soon as I head him speak, I knew there was going to be trouble. While everyone as saying the Gloria, this is what the priest said:

Glory to God in the highest
And peace to

his

God’s people on earth.

“Oh, great,” I thought. “We’re already off to a bad start.”

Things went downhill from there.

Not only did Fr. Gender Edit tamper with the Gloria, he also was seemingly unaware of the existence of the subjunctive mood in English. Thus whenever the text called for him to say, “The Lord be with you,” he would instead say, “The Lord is with you.”

This is wrong for so many reasons. While it is true that...READ MORE

Filed under dissent, gender, inclusive language, liturgical abuse, liturgy, mass, roman missal, translation

President Obama Defends Ground Zero Mosque!

08/16/2010 Comments (96)

In a speech at the White House on Friday—the Muslim holy day—commemorating the start of Ramadan—the Muslim holy month—President Obama expressed support for the right of Muslims to build a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City and, in fact, at the site of a building that was damaged in the 9/11 attacks when part of one of the planes used by terrorists crashed into the building’s roof.

In his usual snippy tone President Obama stated:

Let me be clear: as a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower...READ MORE

Filed under 911, barack obama, cordoba initiative, ground zero, islam, mosque, muslims, september 11, terrorism

No, You Can't Deliberately Kill Innocent People (Sorry!)

08/10/2010 Comments (245)

A lot of folks have commented on my previous post, Commemorating a Major U.S. War Crime. In the course of the discussion, a number of issues have been raised that I would like to address.

Foremost among them is a foundational principle of Christian morality that quite a number of commenters do not appear to fully appreciate. It is this: One can never do something that is intrinsically evil, period. No circumstances whatsoever can make it morally licit.

That, in fact, is the difference between things that are intrinsically evil and those that are only extrinsically evil. Intrinsically evil things are evil by their own nature, regardless of circumstance, and so they can never be done (per...READ MORE

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Commemorating a Major U.S. War Crime

08/08/2010 Comments (315)

Friday was the anniversary of the U.S. Bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. Monday is the anniversary of its bombing of Nagasaki.

The explosion of the Fat Man atomic device over Nagasaki is pictured. It rose eleven miles into the sky over Ground Zero.

The important thing, though, is that it—together with the Little Boy device that was deployed over Hiroshima—killed approximately 200,000 human beings. And it ended the war with Japan.

It is understandable that many Americans at the time were relieved that the long burden of the bloodiest war in human history could finally be laid down. Many then, as now, saw the use of nuclear weapons against Hiroshima and Nagasaki as a necessary step...READ MORE

Filed under atomic weapons, hiroshima, moral theology, nagasaki, nuclear weapons, world war ii

Homosexual Marriage: California Here We Come?

08/04/2010 Comments (182)

Proposition 8, the California Marriage Protection Act which defined marriage as between a man and a woman, has been ruled unconstitutional by a judge in California.

And the judge happened to be homosexual.

Big shock, right?

Oh, and the governor of the state of California—Arnold Schwarzenegger—and its attorney general—Jerry Brown—who are tasked with upholding the law of the state of California and who were the original defendants in the case . . . failed to failed to defend the measure in court.

You could knock me over with a feather.

As it’s been said, “The fix was in.”

The outrageous thing here—or one of them—is that biology itself tells you that there is a fundamental difference...READ MORE

Filed under anthony kennedy, barack obama, california, constitution, gay marriage, homosexual marriage, homosexuality, prop 8, supreme court

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About Jimmy Akin

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Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is a Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to This Rock magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."