New Video Campaign Explores the Impressive Level of Order in the Universe—and the Purpose That it Implies

New Video Campaign Explores the Impressive Level of Order in the Universe—and the Purpose That it Implies

The Magis Center is launching a new John Templeton Foundation funded campaign, “The Purposeful Universe. The campaign will be promoted to journalists, bloggers, and also on social media platforms through mid-December.  Here is the text of the press release that went out yesterday.. Please forward to friends, family, colleagues, etc.

St. Augustine: Patron Saint of Geeks?

St. Augustine: Patron Saint of Geeks?

“It is also necessary—may God grant it!—that in providing others with books to read I myself should make progress, and that in trying to answer their questions I myself should find what I am seeking. Therefore at the command of God our Lord and with his help, I have undertaken not so much to discourse with authority on matters known to me as to know them better by discoursing devoutly of them.” -St. Augustine of Hippo, “The Trinity” I, 8

Challenging Heliocentrism: The 'Great Debate' of 1920

Challenging Heliocentrism: The 'Great Debate' of 1920

At the turn of the last century, a little remembered but dramatic debate took place between prominent astronomers Harlow Shapely and Heber Curtis. The debate concerned essentially several key issues: the location of the sun in the Milky Way galaxy, the size of the universe, and whether spiral nebulae were other galaxies. 

Saint Augustine of Hippo: A Theologian for Our Time

Saint Augustine of Hippo: A Theologian for Our Time

“It is also necessary—may God grant it!—that in providing others with books to read I myself should make progress, and that in trying to answer their questions I myself should find what I am seeking. Therefore at the command of God our Lord and with his help, I have undertaken not so much to discourse with authority on matters known to me as to know them better by discoursing devoutly of them.” -St. Augustine of Hippo, "The Trinity" (I, 8)

Astronomy, God, and the Search for Elegance

Astronomy, God, and the Search for Elegance

Do faith and science operate in completely separate, non-overlapping realms? In the first of a series of articles for Thinking Faith, Vatican Astronomer, Guy Consolmagno SJ, explores how science works, how scientists work, and the place that faith has in science—simply because scientists are people.

On the Origins of Water

On the Origins of Water

Last month, the Thomistic Institute hosted a symposium, Novelty in Nature, at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. Philosophers, scientists, and students gathered to discuss the nature of substance, matter and form, and how new things come to be from both a philosophical perspective and a scientific one. It was a mutually enriching exchange. 

[Podcast] Now You Can Hear Fr. Spitzer Live Every Other Wednesday 

[Podcast] Now You Can Hear Fr. Spitzer Live Every Other Wednesday 

Looking for something to listen to on your daily commute? Relevant Radio’s podcast, A Closer Look™, is now interviewing Fr. Spitzer every other Wednesday in the ongoing series, “The Essence of Things with Fr. Robert Spitzer.” 

Evidence for God from Physics and Philosophy

Evidence for God from Physics and Philosophy

The natural sciences (and philosophical reflection upon them) have been an integral part of the Catholic intellectual tradition since the time of the Copernican revolution.

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