Tag: Creation

How Creative Are You?

 

From a very young age, and well into my adult years, I didn’t think I was creative. I wasn’t into craftsy things. My efforts to sew my clothes did not go well, and my knitting products were a mixed bag. At one point I wrote poems on my parents’ Royal typewriter. I wrote one poem about a bull, and have no memory of what I wrote, but at the time I had apparently mixed up bulls and cows. My parents were amused and explained the difference. I felt embarrassed by my mistake, and for a while I stopped writing poems.

But writing seemed to call to me. I certainly loved to read the writing of others. Most of my writing efforts were pretty straightforward. I’ve always been a left-brained, linear thinker, so that’s how I wrote. My writing is workman quality.

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Two of my favorite pieces of literature are Mark Helprin’s novel, Winter’s Tale, and C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia. Only recently have I discovered similarities in one of the “big themes” present in both. Both involve some sort of time travel, where characters move between times. Winter’s Tale protagonist, Peter Lake, is an Irish mechanic/burglar […]

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He stood there, if it could be called standing, and surveyed the horizon. Pristine. The sunlight warmed his face and every exposed surface – radiating layers of warmth to various degrees even beneath the superficial layers of the earth. Oxygen atoms danced through the air like children newly released to a playground, unconstrained, in absolutely […]

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One doesn’t normally expect to find one’s faith in God validated by a video game. But if you are one of the millions of gamers with access to the open beta of Tom Clancy’s The Division this weekend, you might consider how the game’s “Dark Zone” relates to the problem of evil. More

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By the title I mean the beginning of the universe, as referred to in Genesis 1:1. Since the dawn of modernity (at least?), it’s been a popular notion that in ancient simpler times creation myths survived unchallenged, while it is only recently through the advancement of science that we have an alternative approach to understanding the origin […]

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Origins: The Scientific Story of Creation with Jim Baggott

 

Jim Baggott is an influential science writer. A scientist himself by training, he has turned toward a career in the commercial world as a successful author who popularizes complex scientific theories by making them, well, understandable.

His latest, Origins: The Scientific Story of Creation, is a concise history of how we got here, how life has evolved on this planet, and where life may be heading next. Baggott joins us here for an hour. We only wish that we’d had more time.

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PRESS RELEASE An International Symposium on the Creation of Adam and Eve and the Foundations of Holy Marriage ROME, ITALY. In anticipation of the re-opening of the Synod on the Family in October, an international symposium on the creation of Adam and Eve as the foundation of the Catholic doctrine on Holy Marriage will be […]

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First, what I mean by ‘the Existence Question’ is: “How is it that existence came to be?” Or, perhaps, the more famous: “Why is there something instead of nothing?” As a Christian, I am confident that I understand the theist/deist answer to the E.Q. fairly thoroughly: a Being in some sense beyond Creation, greater than […]

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An Artist’s Perspective: Individual Freedom and Human Progress—D.C. McAllister

 

Human flourishing flows from the wellspring of individual freedom.

We hear words like flourishing, or progress, individuality, and freedom all the time, but oftentimes they’re muddled. We speak the words, but we don’t really know what they mean. I admit I haven’t. Not clearly. Not until I read The Catcher in the Rye again.

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