Category Archives: Essays

The Catholic Thing: Remembering Carrie Buck

Remembering Carrie Buck Carrie Buck, of the 1927 Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell, was born to poverty in 1906 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her father soon abandoned the family, and her mother was institutionalized for “feeblemindedness” and promiscuity while Carrie … Continue reading

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The Catholic Thing: Remember, Man, You Are Stardust

Remember, Man, You Are Stardust Cosmos is back on television again, in a reincarnated form hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson in place of the late Carl Sagan (host of the original 1980 series). The original Cosmos is remembered as a … Continue reading

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The Catholic Thing: One God: No More, No Less

“An ancient Chinese myth tells of ten Suns that existed in primordial times. Prideful and intemperate, as pagan gods are often wont to be, these Suns rode together over the surface of the Earth each day, their combined heat scorching … Continue reading

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The Catholic Thing: Feasting with Angels

“I recently read yet another science writer lamenting the United States’ ostensible failure in science education, who sarcastically noted that the only thing America led the world in was “belief in angels.” This, together with the tired cliché about the … Continue reading

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The Catholic Thing: Beauty and Birdsong

“Commenting on the study for Science, Emily Underwood writes, “Although humans have long attributed musical qualities to birdsong, cold, hard statistics show that’s all an illusion.” It might seem that we have here another instance of science disenchanting the world. … Continue reading

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The American Spectator: What the Higgs is a Boson?

“The point is that the discovery of the Higgs boson, long awaited as it has been, is important in the world of particle physics, and remains important there. It changes nothing in the economical scheme, provides no grand source of … Continue reading

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Crisis: The Dalai Lama, the Pope, and Creation

“The Dalai Lama has been awarded this year’s Templeton Prize, an annual honor given by the Templeton Foundation to a figure who, according to the foundation’s website, “has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.” In practice, the … Continue reading

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