• Jeff Mirus provides (with good commentary) some of Henri de Lubac’s notes from before and during Vatican II. One comment still relevant for today: “It must be confessed that our exegetes, in commission or outside, withdraw into a philological and critical role; they are pure specialists; they do not know how to bring out the doctrines that stem from the Bible or to show its spirit.”
  • Divna Ljubojević chants Agni Parthene and Kyrie Eleison. What a voice!
  • Fr. Christiaan Kappes has two documents about reconciling Orthodoxy and Catholicism through St. Mark of Ephesus and medieval ecclesiology: part 1 and part 2. What I found most interesting was his remark that in the Middle Ages, a considerable number of theologians held the view that churches out of communion with their own could still be part of the church, “in partial communion,” like a hand that has lost blood circulation but is still part of the body (albeit perilously). This is a far cry from what we usually hear these days (from both Catholic and Orthodox apologists alike). Fr. Kappes has great knowledge of and love for Byzantine theology, all while being a faithful Catholic priest. Hopefully one day his talents and efforts will lead to the reunification of East and West.
  • Talks from a book launch for Unlocking Divine Action by Fr. Michael Dodds, OP. There is an excellent talk by Fr. Mariusz Tabaczek, OP from 10:48-23:53 about “emergence” and formal causality and using philosophy of nature as a bridge between science and theology. Extremely well done!
  • A report from PPRI about why Americans are leaving religion for good (h/t Gregory Stackpole’s twitter, @ThePalamite).
  • An article from Scientific American about creationism in Europe. It makes some fair points, but misses key issues for why people prefer creationism. Evolution is very often presented materialistically (sometimes unwittingly), even though it can be just as well understood in other ways. It’s no wonder then that religious people oppose it. Perhaps scientists should look at themselves first before assuming everything is due to creationist obstinacy.
  • The last three links here are all related, of course, to the relationship between science and religion in popular culture. Modern theologians have done a poor job, it seems to me, at actually explaining how natural science fits with theology: often it’s just a confused attempt at reconciling the two in a way that can make it come across as desperation (e.g., “God could have been behind evolution”). No wonder religious claims seem unconvincing to many modern people. Works by Thomists like the River Forest Thomists (e.g., Ashley and Wallace), as well as Fr. Mariusz above, have been very well done in this regard, but are sadly too little known.

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