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    Sermon 469 : Religion, Science and the Journey of the Magi : Feast of the Epiphany

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    The story of the Magi illuminates important dynamics in the relationship of religious conviction and scientific investigation. There need not be any necessary conflict between the religion and science, as wise men of every age are drawn, not only to investigate the wonders of creation, but to draw closer to Christ, through whom all things have been made.
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John H Galloway, III
Excellent review of the Ron Howard recent movie, "Angels & Demons".
I too also strongly believe that that there is no real conflict between Judaic-Christian Catholicism (the way I describe myself as a practicing Roman Catholic) and nearly all of "Science".

In fact I see the study of Science and all of human dicoveries of the "secrets" of science confirm the Godhead we believe in.
1/3/2010 1:49:16 AM
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Thank you Fr Barron for this wonderful sernmon -I have always shared your point of view of religion and science even before coming across your website -Stduing the sciensces makes me actually appreciate Gods greatness ,intelligence and wisdom .
1/3/2010 11:50:35 AM
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"Science at its best is revered by religion. Religion is the proper source and goal of all the sciences."

I think you 'whacked the cover off the ball' with this homily, Fr. Baron.

Thank you!
1/3/2010 12:47:05 PM
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Amanuel Malik
Dear Fr. Barron,

The first time I heard you speak was at my graduation from St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry in Rochester, New York in 2005 in which you delivered the keynote. I was blown away then by the clarity of your message, and I still thank God for the wonderful proclaimer of the Gospel that you are for our Church. Thank you for preaching the Word with clarity and integrity. May the anointing of the Holy Spirit continue to fire you with more zeal, so you can continue to fire the whole universe with love for the eternal and life giving Word. God bless you!

1/3/2010 9:14:33 PM
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Robert de Weger
I think your facebook videos are just fantastic and a real blessing for the searching world today.
Yours in Christ
A budding apologist from australia
1/3/2010 10:28:59 PM
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1/27/2010 6:03:33 AM
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3:55 pm by Doug Joseph I enjoyed rnediag this post. I was steered to it by Paul Pavolni. I wanted to comment with a little food for thought. Regarding this statement: "While there is biblical precedent for the teaching of traditions, there is never license given to morph these traditions into Doctrine" That seems to fail to take into account that the word doctrine means teaching. If you see biblical precedent for the _teaching_ of traditions, then you see biblical precedent for traditions in (as part of) _doctrine_ (teaching). The question is not (or rather should not be) whether something is tradition versus doctrine, but rather an analysis of both what is practiced (tradition) and taught (doctrine). There are good traditions and bad ones. There are sound doctrines and unsound doctrines.With regard to the concept illustrated by the wedding ring example:We could describe this concept as all believers universally expecting that others comply with "our" traditions (practices) while on "our" court, and us being willing to do the same while on their court.The problem with this concept is readily evident as soon as them complying with our practice is (to them) sin, and as soon our complying with theirs is (to us) sin.Therein lies support for the biblical doctrine in which the more liberal (if he wishes to preserve unity, fellowship, and have any influence) is to be willing to comply with the stricter (or more conservative) convictions while the reverse cannot be asked or expected. If you invite a brother to preach for you, and his conviction is that it is a sin for him to wear a wedding band, you cannot ask him to wear one while he is with you, without asking him to sin.See 1 Corinthians 8:13. Regarding that verse, the Believers Study Bible commentary has the following:"Often the believer is faced with a choice about which nothing has been explicitly stated in the Bible. The question facing the Corinthian Christians had to do with the availability of meat which had been sacrificed to idols. Should a Christian eat such meat? Paul views idols as "nothing" (v. 4). Nevertheless, the Christian has other considerations. In this verse, Paul provides a general guideline for a Christian's ethical decision making and supplements this with two additional tests in ch. 10: (1) Will a given action cause a brother to stumble (v. 13)? (2) Will the action be edifying to the disciple himself (10:23)? (3) Will such action glorify God (10:31)? These simple tests provide a foundation for decision making which, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, will faithfully direct the earnest Christian."If we (my family) were to visit a church where pants are not considered as 'that which pertains to a man' then we could not 'step down' to their level (or 'comply') while on their court, because to us that would be sin. By contrast, for them to temporarily step up to our conviction would not be a sin for them. They might be annoyed, chafed, or bothered in their flesh, but not wounded in faith or conscience. This strength of being willing to "morph" (I'll borrow the word) away from one's own more liberal practices into compliance with stricter convictions is an essential strength for anyone who hopes to serve in leadership.In case this posting does not readily reveal my name, I'm Doug Joseph. I pastor a United Pentecostal Church in Clarksburg, WV.PS: Tech matter: I am using the latest version of Firefox. Everything I view on your site displays in just a tiny space; a wide, thin strip, that makes it hard to follow. I can send you a screen shot if you like.PPS: As soon as I tried to post this comment, the attempt failed, and the refreshed screen no longer showed everything in a thin strip. Interesting. Your site now looks totally proper. I will now try again to post. If you see this, obviously I had success.
3/10/2012 12:19:11 PM
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