Speech and Silence

By |2019-02-14T22:05:14-05:00February 14th, 2019|Categories: George Stanciu, Philosophy, Reason, Science, Senior Contributors|

Through language, humans bring out the full potentiality hidden in matter, advance the building of bird nests and beaver dams to architecture and engineering, the gathering of nuts to farming, squawks and barks to music, and limited animal perception to the intellectual jewels of modern Western culture… In the history of science, the only [...]

Salvation and Sufficiency: A Lesson from Statistics

By |2019-02-09T21:25:30-05:00February 9th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Heaven, Religion, Romano Guardini, Science, Theology|

In the world of statistics, sufficiency plays an important role in estimation. But what about sufficiency in other aspects of our lives? What about God? What about my eternal destiny? What is sufficient, here and now, to know all that I can know about my purpose in this world and my fate when my time [...]

Science Lost in Math

By |2019-01-29T14:13:51-05:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Books, Mathematics, Science|

Now, when the subatomic world and the cosmological universe seem to reveal some of the inconsistencies in modern theoretical physics, could the whole idea of a world sitting on fundamental elements be in question? Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray, by Sabine Hossenfelder (304 pages, Basic Books, 2018) Sabine Hossenfelder’s little book Lost [...]

“The End of the Cold War”

By |2018-11-21T16:06:28-05:00November 20th, 2018|Categories: Cold War, Culture, Fiction, George Stanciu, Science|

“Why can’t we eat normal food?” Frank moved the fried tempeh, steamed broccoli, and brown rice around on his plate with his dinner fork, much like the eight-year-old boy he was forty years ago. His wife’s jaw stiffened, and she said, “This is normal food.” “Yeah, if we lived in Jakarta or Calcutta.” Alice refused [...]

The Return of Storytelling in a Digital Age

By |2019-04-25T12:01:26-05:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Dwight Longenecker, Fiction, Literature, Modernity, Senior Contributors, Technology, Writing|

Podcast stories, like reading, have the advantage of engaging the audience’s imagination. And lest the technophobes among us decry the dominance of gadgets, rather than the gadgetry taking us into a brave new world, the technology is actually allowing us to participate in a much older form of literature: storytelling… Some time ago, on [...]

Of Men, Monkeys, and Jared Diamond

By |2019-02-18T02:27:20-05:00November 7th, 2018|Categories: Books, Darwin, Featured, Louis Markos, Modernity|

For the twenty-first-century disciple of Darwin, man—though he possesses no essential, intrinsic worth that separates him from his chimpanzee cousins—has proven himself a most effective destroyer of that very mother nature who evolved him into his present form... The Third Chimpanzee, by Jared Diamond (432 pages, Harper Perennial, 2006) Of the three founding fathers of [...]

Science, Faith, and English Professors

By |2018-10-19T21:44:27-05:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: Christian Humanism, Philosophy, Religion, Science|

While science and religion have differences that need reconciliation, you can regard the so-called ‘war’ between them as ‘fake.’ The history of science is entwined with our human search to discern a deeper understanding of our purpose within the universe.... Alan Honour begins his book Cave of Riches: The Story of the Dead Sea Scrolls with how [...]

Finding Refreshment in a World of Endless Work

By |2018-10-03T12:20:57-05:00October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Happiness, Information Age, Josef Pieper|

It only took a moment. The smartphone was somewhere in the grass, forgotten. Our hands and jeans were covered in smears of purple and green sidewalk chalk. My two-year-old daughter and I were busy drawing roads and buildings on a square of pavement—here a library, there a post office, with our house around the corner. [...]

Aliens, Elephants, and Angels

By |2018-09-29T22:07:27-05:00September 29th, 2018|Categories: Dwight Longenecker, Science, Senior Contributors, Space, Time|

Some time ago while wasting time I came across a seemingly profound, but ultimately silly discussion which is prevalent within popular culture. It’s called the Fermi Paradox, and it goes like this: “There are billions of stars out there like the sun. Therefore, statistically there must be billions of planets like earth where intelligent life has developed. Given the vast amount of [...]

Nature, Science, and Civilization

By |2019-04-25T12:20:14-05:00September 26th, 2018|Categories: Civilization, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Leviathan, Mark Malvasi, Nature, Science, Senior Contributors, Technology, Western Civilization|

At its finest, the new conception of nature enabled people to appreciate, and wish to safeguard, the natural environment on which life depends. At its worst, this reverence for the natural world gave rise to a mindless sentimentality that regarded all human activity as harmful and exploitive... I. The English mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead once observed [...]

Messages From Outer Space: Man, Contemplation, & Technology

By |2019-05-07T14:40:16-05:00September 21st, 2018|Categories: Books, Christianity, Civil Society, Culture, Science, Technology|

All the minds of all the brilliant thinkers that the world has ever known will still come up pathetically short when compared with the grandeur of the universe. Technology, if it is to soberly measure its own capabilities and power, must approach the questions of the universe with a certain degree of humble modesty... "Until [...]