Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Matter Matters

Some nice sentiments and reflection by P.S. Bradley on the significance of the Feast of the Incarnation (or is it the Feast of the Nativity?).

Mele Kalikimaka!
Now, Back to Christmas

For all you baseball enthusiasts out there (like me) the highly publicized A-Rod for Manny Ramirez trade is now officially dead. In related news, the Red Sox are still cursed and the Dodgers, who were in line to possibly acquire Nomar Garciaparra if the A-Rod deal went through, still don't have a lineup that can hit the baseball. Harumph.

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

A Word on the State of Faith

Courtesy of Michael Novak.

Recently, British scientist Richard Dawkins was described as "an atheist, and a strenuous and militant and proud one." (One does not hear often of humble atheists, but they do appear.) "He thinks religious belief is a dangerous virus, and that it is a crime to infect the mind of a child with it." He calls religions "dangerous collective delusions" and "sinks of falsehood." He especially regrets the public influence of religion: "He is made apoplectic by the pontifications of religious 'leaders' on such questions as whether human clones would be fully human." For Dawkins, in short, "Religion is superstition, like astrology, alternative medicine, and the rest."

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, about ten percent (or a little less) of the world population is atheist or agnostic. So however upscale the views of Professor Dawkins, he has his propagating work cut out for him. Most nonreligious, secularist people, it appears, actually believe in God; they just don't like organized religions.

Monday, December 22, 2003

Is Gonzaga Catholic?

Increasingly, and sadly, no.
A Little Message From You Know Who, Perhaps?

One-third of San Francisco experiences a power outage; cause is still a mystery. Metaphorically, of course, San Francisco has been "dark" for decades.

Sunday, December 21, 2003

Looks Like the NFL Hasn't Heard of Title VII

Jon Kitna of the Cincinnati Bengals is fined by the NFL for wearing a hat with a cross on it during a post-game press conference. (link via Mark Shea)