Monday, March 19, 2018
New Post: "A Speaker for Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)" on "The American Catholic"
Hello all! A new post on "The American Catholic:" A Speaker for Stephen Hawking (1942-2018). This is a review of (mainly) Stephen Hawkings scientific career and, as a sideline, of the change of his views on how science is done and on belief in God. The title comes from Orson Scott Card's "Speaker for the Dead," in which the hero, Ender Wiggins ("Ender's Game") travels the galaxy giving talks about the dead that are not conventional eulogies but honest appraisals of the deceased, talks that ultimately give more comfort to the grieving than a eulogy.
- Retired, cranky, old physicist. Convert to Catholicism in 1995. Trying to show that there is no contradiction between what science tells us about the world and our Catholic faith. Intermittent blogs and adult education classes to achieve this end (see http://rationalcatholic.
blogspot.com/and http://home.ptd.net/~rkurland)Extraordinary Minister of Communion volunteer to federal prison and hospital; lector, EOMC.Sometime player of bass clarinet, alto clarinet, clarinet, bass, tenor bowed psaltery for parish instrumental group and local folk group.And, finally, my motivation:“It is also necessary—may God grant it!—that in providing others with books to read I myself should make progress, and that in trying to answer their questions I myself should find what I am seeking.
Therefore at the command of God our Lord and with his help, I have undertaken not so much to discourse with authority on matters known to me as to know them better by discoursing devoutly of them.”
St. Augustine of Hippo, The Trinity I,8.