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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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

A Letter for Our Time from St. Maxmilian Kolbe

Today, 14 August, is the Memorial Day for St. Maxmilian Kolbe.   He is the patron saint of addicts, and I have a special affection for him for this and his sacrifice at Auschwitz to save a man who had

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

An American Priest’s Despair

I want to recommend an article in Crisis, “Where are the Bishops who will defend faithful priests?” It’s an eloquent cry of despair by an anonymous priest who wonders why Bishops allow abuses of liturgy, sexual behavior, pastoral care, in

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

71 Accusations; How Many are Guilty?

This Sunday morning (5 August, 2018) our priest read a letter to the congration at Mass from the Very Reverend Ronald Gainer, Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.   The letter, giving the names of 71 male religious (priests,

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Another Perspective on the Helsinki Meeting

Like Donald McCleary, I was much distressed by Trump’s press conference remarks after the Helsinki conference with Putin.  After reading David Goldman’s (“Spengler”) article in PJ Media, I wonder whether Trump may be more subtle and knowledgeable than I had

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

If God can build a wall, why can’t we?

The diagram above is that of an animal cell.  I want to talk about the wall of that cell, the cell membrane,  designed by God: to keep good stuff inside the cell; to keep bad stuff outside the cell; to

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

How Science Works–Some Case Studies*

“Man is not born to solve the problem of the universe, but to find out where the problem begins and then restrain himself within the limits of the comprehensible.” —J.W. von Goethe, as quoted in The Homiletic Review” Many leftists

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Rational Inquiry

INTRODUCTION As the Monte Python intro goes, “And now for something completely different!” This is an excerpt from “ESSAY 2: How We Believe; How Science Works” in my web-book, “Truth Cannot Contradict Truth”.  This section covers “Rational Inquiry.” The other

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Hooray! Colorado Baker wins Supreme Court Decision

Good news (for once) from the Supreme Court, which decided (7-2) in favor of the Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple  in 2012. If you read the CNA-EWTN story about this (see here)

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

How Did Life Begin?

“An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

“In Honor of Our Fallen Heroes”

I was privileged to receive the email below from Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, which contained a video, “In Honor of our  Fallen Heroes.”  On this Memorial Day, it deserves our attention.  It’s not a YouTube video, so I

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Three Cheers for Sister Jean and the Loyola Chicago Ramblers!

I’m not much of a sports fan, but I do love basketball and follow the NCAA tournaments religiously–let’s change that–with great devotion–whoops, wrong again. Anyhow, it’s a game I understand, even though my own basketball experience was limited to two

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

A Speaker for Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)

De mortuis nil nisi bonum dicendum est (Say nothing about the dead unless good)   I take the positivist viewpoint that a physical theory is just a mathematical model and that it is meaningless to ask whether it corresponds to

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Lectio Divina Set to Music:
Brahms’ German Requiem

I have written elsewhere about music as another road to adoration, but in this post I’d like to focus on music as a way to illuminate Scripture.   My wife and I attended a performance of Brahms “Ein Deutsche Requiem”

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Lenten Prayers: Stay on Hold for God

Every Lent the Church invites [us] to the three traditional practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.–Fr. Michael Denk, Our Sunday Visitor, 4 January, 2013 Lent is like a long ‘retreat’ during which we can turn back into ourselves and listen

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Why Catholics should know about 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.Pope St. John Paul II, Letter to Rev. George Coyne,

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Catholics: Fight Pro-Abortion Intolerance!

 But laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man may present his views without penalty there must be a spirit of tolerance in the entire population.–Albert Einstein, “Out of My Later Years” Even though the news from

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

New Year’s Resolution #1: Pray for my enemies

“Good resolutions are useless attempts to interfere with scientific laws. Their origin is pure vanity. Their result is absolutely nil. They give us, now and then, some of those luxurious sterile emotions that have a certain charm for the weak….

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Alexa, OK Google, Siri–Which gives Catholic information?

The truth is, we’re all cyborgs with cell phones and online identities.–Geoff Johns, Brainyquote.com I was intrigued by a YouTube video in which a comic, Steven Crowder, got Alexa, the Amazon.com echo device, to say that Jesus Christ was a

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