Sunday, 6 January 2008

For Tom in Vegas


From the address "Un'ora" delivered by His Holiness Pope Pius XII to the Pontifical Academy of Science, November 2, 1951.

The knowledge of God as Creator, now shared by many modern scientists, is indeed the extreme limit to which human reason can attain. Nevertheless, as you are well aware, it does not constitute the last frontier of truth. In harmonious co-operation, because all three are instruments of Truth, like rays of the same sun, science, philosophy and with still greater reason Revelation, contemplate the subsatnce of this Creator Whom science has met along its path, unveil His outlines and point out His features. Revelation, above all, makes His presence of which either the simple faithful or the scientist is aware in his inmost being when he recites simply the concise terms of the Apostles' Creed; "I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth."

Happy Epiphany All!


WhiteStoneNameSeeker said...

Those are rather beautiful photos. God has put so much into the details. Scientists should be very grateful.
I know I am :)

Happy Epiphany.
I hope your husband is better-or getting there.

Tom in Vegas said...


Beautiful post!! Thank you so much:0) I had not heard of this quote before.

Beautiful pictures, too.


Tom in Vegas said...

I had tried to be more elaborative with the comments I left previously, but I was running late for a wedding I was attending.

Again, thank you for thoughtfulness. It means a lot to me.

When I was in my early twenties and first became aware of the dialogue between religion and science, the challenges I faced were specifically in the are of cosmology. I have since been able to overcome that obstacle with greater confidence, thanks in large part to Father Chris Corbally who is vice-director of the Vatican Observatory here in Arizona, USA. The new challenges I face come in the field of neurology. What is the soul? Where is the soul? How do we know (outside of Christian tradition) that it survives death? Are religious experiences the product of human evolution, etc. That's where my energies are focused. I know these things take time, so patience will be an essential component in this learning process.

God bless and stop by anytime you want!


Adrienne said...

"-Revelation, above all, makes His presence of which either the simple faithful or the scientist is aware in his inmost being"

I would be that simple faithful one (used to be the other but my brain was fried from all the theology.) I think it's called full circle.

Rita said...

Neurology is an "ology" and therefore totally beyond me!

I'd really question what you mean by religious experience. Feeling great after going to confession doesn't really count, to me that is a very human experience. I presume you mean mystical experiences? I can probably recall only a few such experiences in my entire life (and they'd be low down on the mystical richter scale). I can imagine most professed religious may feel the same. Life is mundane most of the time, I'm not even sure you need religious experiences to get to heaven!

To be totally pretentious about this, I'd apply a sort of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle; in trying to measure religious experience, don't you destroy the thing you are trying to measure (whatever it is)? ;-)

Tom in Vegas said...


I just got an email response from a man named David Snowdon. Dr. Snowdon has conducted what has been named The Nun Study, which is a twenty year evaluation of the effects of Alzheimer's on a group of Catholic nuns. He has been featured on CNN a number of times. Make a long story short, I asked him the same questions I posed to you on the second comments i left you and this is the response he gave me:

"Personally, I don’t think God or some higher power is only a product of our brains. We clearly do use our miraculous, but nonetheless limited, brain power to try to describe and understand God…in our own mortal and limited thoughts and words.

If God is in the details, then the human brain is an incredible testament to his handiwork.

Have a good year.


Concise but better than nothing. I wish he had supported his opinion with a few facts. Nonetheless, I'm encouraged by his response. You might see it on a post on my blog some day.



Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

That looks like a manic Epiphany!lol