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People who live in DeGrasse Houses…

08/01/2014 Comments (67)

...should not throw stones:

...says the guy who seriously claims that Giordano Bruno was a scientist and who says that all that "deep question" junk (aka, philosophy, theology, metaphysics, and ethics) "can really mess you up."

Yes, he really did say that. Go ahead, listen for yourself, beginning at 20:19 — and behold the spectacle of an otherwise intelligent man and gifted teacher sounding every bit as anti-intellectual as a corporate middle manager or used-car salesman. He proudly proclaims his irritation with "asking deep questions" that lead to a "pointless delay in your progress" in tackling "this whole big world of unknowns out there." When a scientist encounters someone inclined to think philosophically, his response should be to say, "I'm moving on, I'm leaving you behind, and you can't even cross the street because you're distracted by deep questions you've asked of yourself. I don't have time for that."

Neil DeGrasse-Tyson is a very able communicator of wonderfully interesting science information and when he sticks to doing that, he does it superbly well. Unfortunately, he is also a court prophet for a technocratic consumerist society that, above all, does not want free children of God, but obedient oilers, polishers, and servicers of the Machine.  When people start to lift up their eyes to the hills--especially the hill called Golgotha and realize that it is from God whence cometh their help, they start to get ominous, counter-cultural ideas that threaten the smooth functioning of the Kingdom of This World.  Men like DeGrasse-Tyson are well paid to euthanize such thinking before it begins.

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Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.