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5 comments on “WOF 119: Live Q&A from the L.A. Congress

  1. Melissa Mar 19, 2018

    Thank you Bishop Barron and the WOF staff for all the work you put into this podcast. I think I’ve listened to everyone one and several multiple times! In this episode, Bishop you mention a poster of Catholic scientists. I’d love to get these for our middle school teachers. If you all have one in particular I was hoping you could provide a link. Thank you and God bless you all!

  2. maureen romano Mar 20, 2018

    Bishop Barron:

    This is such a helpful talk to my husband and I who are seniors and trying to evangelize to our family and we have some great ideas here so thank you very much. There is something here for everyone who wants to spread the Catholic Faith.

  3. Thank you! Very Inspiring Bishop Barron.

  4. Racheal Mar 25, 2018

    I admire Isaac Newton, first for his contributions to physics and science and also, after I read a biography about him, when I realized he was also religious. Historically, scientists (two examples; Rene Descartes, Charles Darwin ) practiced both science and religion.

    For anyone with an interest:

    I. The theology of the Principia Mathematica: opening questions

    This paper provides a preliminary survey of the theology of Isaac
    Newton’s Principia mathematica, first published in 1687 and later printed
    in revised and expanded second and third editions in 1713 and 1726.1
    With only one direct reference to God and a single mention of the Bible,
    the first edition of Newton’s Principia may have struck many contemporaries
    as an oddly secular work. Even the mechanical philosopher René
    Descartes’ Principles of philosophy (1644) contains numerous references to
    God and his activity in the world. From the vantage point of today, as
    well, it may seem that God and theology do not impinge in any significant
    way on the thought-world of the Principia. There is after all more explicit
    theology in Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species (1859) than in the first edition
    of Newton’s great work. In fact, there is in popular culture a common
    belief that Newton’s physics makes God superfluous. Did not Newton’s
    work inevitably lead to that famous moment over a century later when the
    French physicist Pierre-Simon de la Place told Napoleon (who had asked
    him why his work did not mention God when Newton’s did): “Sire, I have no need of that hypothesis”?2 The belief that Newton invented a ‘clockwork
    universe’ that was initially created by God and then left to tick away
    on its own, or that this mechanical cosmos implies that God is not really
    necessary to begin with, appears to be firmly entrenched in the popular imagination.
    The Principia is a work of physics that brilliantly presents the
    three laws of motion and the inverse-square law; what does all of this have
    to do with theology? Certainly, works of physics today do not also present
    theology. All of these considerations may suggest that a paper that proposes
    to speak about the theology of Newton’s Principia will either be very short
    or involve strained apologetics.
    Yet we now know that Newton produced a substantial body of theological
    writings and that he devoted close to six decades to a passionate study
    of the Bible, theology, prophecy, church history and natural theology.
    Newton’s theological papers total a minimum of two and a half million words
    and constitute the single largest category in his manuscript corpus.

    From: The Theology of Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica…

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