Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

St. Augustine, Thoughts on Advent

As I was doing my nightly reading of  Augustine Day by Day, it struck me how appropriate the readings were for Advent, so I’d like to share them.   (Presumably the editor for this book, John Rotelle, chose them for this very

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Music to Stir the Soul*

*Ignore the first 14 seconds of the video, the intro to Proms. This Sunday afternoon (October 27th) my wife and I attended a local choral group’s performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ works, Serenade to Music, Toward the Unknown Region, and

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Scientism is a False Religion*

To answer the question ‘To be or not to be?’ we cannot turn to a science textbook. —Fr. Stanley Jaki, “The Limits of a Limitless Science” INTRODUCTION:  QUESTIONS AND MORE QUESTIONS Someday in Heaven, Purgatory, or the other place, I

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

St. John Paul II’s Rapprochement with Science*

“Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish.”  St. John Paul II, Letter to Rev.

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

The Church Needs Powerful Music

“Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.  With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.” Psalm 98:5,6 (KJV) Here’s the link to the Youtube video

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Preaching to the Choir:
The Futility of Arguing on the Internet

“Non in dialectica placuit Deo salvum facere populum suum (It is not by ar­guing that God chose to save His people”). —St. Ambrose   “troll, noun [ C ] (COMPUTING) › someone who leaves an intentionally annoying message on the internet,

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Fr. Matthew Mary, EWTN, tells it like it is.

When I don’t go to daily Mass, I try to watch the daily EWTN Mass.  I did so today :  amazing, wonderful homily by Fr. Matthew Mary.   Briefly, he discussed Pope Francis’s airplane call for schism, put that into

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Happy Feast Day Again, St. Augustine

Happy those who feast on wisdom and savor her knowledge, She will nourish and refresh them.”  Hymn for the Office of Readings, 28th August. Today is the Feast Day for St. Augustine, my favorite Doctor of the Church.     I’ve

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Darwin was wrong,
but what does science say?

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?”  ― Milton Berle Yes, “The god is failed” (the god of Darwinism), but will Intelligent Design replace it?  I don’t think so.  I’ve given arguments that this is so in

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

The Virtues of a Small Country Church

“From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge—a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Catholic Anti-science:
Hypocrisy or Truth?

The featured image above (from Wikimedia Commons) depicts the satellite constellation that enables GPS, presumably used by anti-science bloggers.  It requires corrections based on special and general relativity theory if positions are to be accurate (i.e. not be in error

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

St. Benedicta of the Cross on Faith and Reason

Since today is the feast day commemorating St. Benedicta of the Cross, I’d like to post a short piece on her thoughts about faith and reason (it’s taken from Essay 2, “How We Believe; How Science Works,” from my web-book,

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Les Miserables;
The Hong Kong Resistance;
Manning the Barricades;
It’s not Bernie or OAC

Watching the Youtube video of the 30th Anniversary of Les Miz (see here), my wife and I learned that the Hong Kong protestors were singing the theme song from Les Miserables, “Hear the People Sing” (go to 7:52). We talked

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Biology Says
“A Man Cannot Become Pregnant”

“Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.”  Gen 5:2 (KJV) The title above is for a letter written to the Bloomsburg Press-Enterprise (PA) by my wife,

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Conversion and Reversion:
30 Stories of the Road to Damascus

“Here lies the test of truth, the touchstone of evangelization: it is unthinkable that a person should accept the Word and give himself to the kingdom without becoming a person who bears witness to it and proclaims it in his

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

The Lord’s Supper is a Seder

 “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take,

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Alas, for Days Gone Bye*:
“Dear Committee Members” Reviewed

“… I fear we are the last remaining members of a dying profession. We who are senior and tenured are seated in the first car of a roller coaster with a broken track, and we’re scribbling and grading our way

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

God, Cell Phones and French Catholic Churches

From an email sent by my wife’s cousin—too good not to share: “Notice can now be found in French churches: En entrant dans cette église, il est possible que vous entendiez l’appel de Dieu.Par contre, il n’est pas susceptible de

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

More than a Funeral for Bush 41

I didn’t get to watch the funeral for George H.W. Bush, 41st President.  (I was teaching a home schooling class on “Science and the Church.”)  My wife did, however, and she made some insightful comments.   Bush 41 was the

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Galileo Redux: Catholic Bishops call for urgent action against climate change

Sigh, once again into the breach.   I was first aroused by Pope Francis’s wrong statements about global warming in his encyclical Laudatio Si.  Now I read about Catholic bishops warning about the disastrous effect of climate change.  (Which change

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

St. John Paul II’s Rapprochement with Science:
“A Quest for Common Understanding”

“Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish.”  St. John Paul II, Letter to Rev.

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

“They made me a keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept.”

A thought for today from the “Office of Readings” (13 October, 2018)— ‘a homily on the Gospels by Pope St. Gregory the Great:” “…Look about you and see how full the world is of priests, yet in God’s harvest a

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

The Case against Pope Francis:
“He has elevated immoral men in order to change the Catholic faith”

The title is from an article on National Review Online by Michael Brendan Dougherty.  Dougherty tells how Pope Benedict XVI was essentially compelled to resign, not being able to control Vatican reform:. “But the dysfunction at the Vatican under Pope

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

The Great Sin of the Left

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; —Matthew 5:44 (KJV) The great sin of the left

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Cardinal Cupich removes priest who burned rainbow flag. What now?

Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

The Yom Kippur Scapegoat:
Who gets the blame for Catholic scandals?

Today (Wednesday, 19 September, 2018) is Yom Kippur and I am keeping to my secular Jewish tradition and am fasting, sundown to sundown—more or less—I forgot this morning and had a bowl of oatmeal.   I’ve written here about the

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

St. Augustine: the Proper Role of Shepherds

“Yet there are shepherds who want to have the title of shepherd without wanting to fulfill a pastor’s duties;” —St. Augustine of Hippo, Sermon on Pastors from The Office of Readings, 16 September, 2018 St. Augustine, as usual, had something

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Let’s Starve the Church?

“Because the story of Theodore McCarrick isn’t just a story about sexual abuse. It’s about institutions and power.” —Jonathan Last, The American Standard, 15 Sept. 2018. There is a fine article in The American Standard by Jonathan Last giving a

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Update: Bishops, Cardinals Favoring Investigation of Vigano’s Claims

LifeSite News has an update list of US Bishops and Cardinals who support investigating the claims of Archbishop Vigano that Pope Francis has suppressed sanctions against Cardinal McCarrick for homosexual actions.   The list is impressive and includes such well-known

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

“Ex Opere Operato”
A Convert’s Reflection on Church Scandals

“…the sacraments …are efficacious because in them Christ himself is at work: it is he who baptizes, he who acts in his sacraments in order to communicate the grace that each sacrament signifies…. This is the meaning of the Church’s affirmation49 that the

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Happy Feast Day Again, St. Augustine

Happy those who feast on wisdom and savor her knowledge, She will nourish and refresh them.” Happy Those Who Feast on Wisdom, Hymn for the Office of Readings, 28th August. Today is the Feast Day for St. Augustine, my favorite Doctor

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Abortion Politics and the Shabbos Goy

  “…Avi tells him that he’s a “Shabbos goy,” the guy hired by Orthodox Jews to do the work they can’t because of their religious beliefs. In other words, he’s telling Mickey he has no moral code, no sense of

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

We are without shepherds: Ezekiel 34:1-11

The daily Mass reading for today, 22 August.   How appropriate! ¹And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe

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