I have always stressed that science is the killer of atheism. While philosophy does a good job against atheism, the atheist would always resort to requesting tangible proof of God’s existence rather than arguments. Moreover, theology by itself is not enough to prove God exists to an atheist. Science is the only way to truly “shut up” an argumentative atheist in a debate or discussion.
Atheists always claim that there is no evidence for the existence of God. I have explain several ways in my book “Atheism Is Stupid” which deal solely with science and in some instances, philosophy.
Well, one of my favorite professors from my university, CUNY, is said to have finally provided a theory that can settle once and for all the idea of the universe having an intelligent creator. Dr. Michio Kaku of the City University of New York who teaches at City College in New York City and is a co-founder of M-Theory (String theory) has stated (according to an article) that using primitive semi-radius tachyons can be used to prove that a supreme creator does exist. Tachyons are hypothetical particles. They are believed to move faster than the speed of light which travels at 286,282 miles per second. They move so fast that they unhinge matter from the universe which is mostly a vacuum of space composed of virtual particles, dark matter and energy. This leaves the universe free from any influences. Dr. Kaku is quoted as stating:
“I have concluded that we are in a world made by rules created by an intelligence. Believe me, everything that we call chance today won’t make sense anymore. To me it is clear that we exist in a plan which is governed by rules that were created, shaped by a universal intelligence and not by chance.”
To Dr Kaku, he sees the universe as a “matrix” or simulation. I have written on this idea which is discussed a lot among philosophical and physics circles here: http://www.sacerdotus.com/2013/02/the-universe-is-program-uh-oh-there.html#sthash.Jd6xQRFZ&st_refDomain=t.co&st_refQuery=/XNGBaD0Lh7
Previously, Dr. Kaku has also stated that with the advancement of physics, we are starting to see that the universe is mathematical. Mathematics is a rational language which can only come from an intelligent mind. Dr. Kaku concluded that “God is a mathematician.” He stated in a video for “Big Think:”
“All of a sudden we had super symmetric theories coming out of physics that then revolutionized mathematics, and so the goal of physics we believe is to find an equation perhaps no more than one inch long which will allow us to unify all the forces of nature and allow us to read the mind of God. And what is the key to that one inch equation? Super symmetry, a symmetry that comes out of physics, not mathematics, and has shocked the world of mathematics. But you see, all this is pure mathematics and so the final resolution could be that God is a mathematician. And when you read the mind of God, we actually have a candidate for the mind of God. The mind of God we believe is cosmic music, the music of strings resonating through 11 dimensional hyperspace. That is the mind of God.”
I have not found anything on Dr. Kaku’s website confirming the many reports out there and may contact him for more information. It is interesting to note that one alleged scientist who is a Christian is skeptical of the claims (http://blog.drwile.com/?p=14864). However, the official CUNY Twitter account tweeted this:
Can “primitive semi-radius tachyons” prove there is a God?
Yes, says #CUNY‘s @michiokaku! https://t.co/efYYQxk4pM
— CUNY Newswire (@cunynewswire) June 14, 2016
Today’s readings remind us of what Christ will endure on earth for us.
In the first reading, God says that He will pour out on the house of David the spirit of grace and petition. He is referring to Christ who will be pierced, will be mourned but will open the house of David to all inhabitants. Christ was sent to us by the Father to redeem us and lead us to salvation which can only be found in Him (John 3:16, Acts 4:12). This first reading is a foreshadowing of this. Christ came and gathered all the flock of God to the house of David (Luke 13:34). Because of this, we should thirst for God as we read in the Responsorial Psalm. God is the only one whom we should seek. God is the ends of our lives (Philippians 3:14). What I mean by this, is that all human life, all life in fact, ends in God or its goal is God. We come from God and we will return to God. As St. Augustine said, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you o Lord. (Augustine, Confessions (Book 1)” The same applies to even atheists. Atheists may claim they do not believe in God or lack belief in a God, yet God is all they talk about. Have you ever noticed this? This is because they are (we all are) hardwired to believe in and seek God. We can only seek God with sincere faith and it works along with God’s grace and put into action via works (James 2:14-26).
As the second reading says, we are baptized into Christ and because of this baptism and faith, we are children of God. Think about this. You are a child of God, THE GOD! The God of the universe, creator of all seen and unseen is your Father! How appropriate for today in which many the United States of America celebrates Father’s day. Because God is our Father, each one of us is family (Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6, Matthew 6:9, Ephesians 2:19). We are all brothers and sisters. We may have different genetic makeups, but we all share similar genes and of course the heritage of being human and a child of God. That is why there is no Jew or Greek, no slave or free person, no male or female in the Catholic Church. We are all one body in Christ (Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 12:12).
Finally in the Gospel, we see Jesus asking who the people think He is. The disciples tell Him that some think He is John the Baptist or Elijah. Others think He is a risen prophet from old. However, Jesus asks them who do they think He is. Peter speaks first showing His primacy saying, “The Christ of God.” Jesus then tells them to keep this quiet. He does this because it was not the time to reveal Himself to the people. Then He tells them what He will endure. Jesus will be rejected by the elders, chief priests, scribes etc (Mark 15:1). He will be killed, but will rise on the third day (John 2:19). Then He says that whoever wants to follow Him must carry His cross daily. If one dies because of faith in Christ, he or she will be saved.
Jesus is the one we read about in the first reading as I stated. He is the one who will be pierced and will suffer a horrible death. However, He would rise on the third day. This is of course the resurrection. This death will be seen in the eyes of men as a failure as Pope Francis said at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City during his visit in September 2015 (see: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/homilies/2015/documents/papa-francesco_20150924_usa-omelia-vespri-nyc.html). However, this death is not a failure in the spiritual sense. Christ’s death on the cross is the focal point of both covenants, the old and the new (Matthew 5:17). The blood of the Lamb would reconnect man to God and God to man (Matthew 26:28, 1 Peter 1:19, Revelation 12:11).
This Lamb is not a mere animal, but is God Himself; the Son of God (John 1:29). We who are followers of Christ must do like Christ and carry our cross. Do we carry it during Lent or Good Friday only? No! We carry it DAILY. Our via crucis, so to speak, is supposed to be every moment of our lives. Every moment, every instance of pain and suffering must be united to Christ on the cross (Philippians 3:10, Romans 12:1-2). We must not whine and complain when things go wrong. Instead, we must rejoice and realize that this is a cross that is given to us so that we can have an opportunity to follow Jesus more and more closely (James 1:1-13, 1 Corinthians 10:13, 1 Peter 2:19-20). Those televangelists who preach prosperity do not understand Christianity. We are not meant to prosper in the ways of the world, but to die unto it and be born and live in Christ (Ephesians 4:22-24, Romans 6:11, Romans 6:8). As last week’s second reading stated, “I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me. (Galatians 2:20)” This is how it must be. May Jesus Christ be praised and may God bless all fathers living and deceased, including our priests.
I received a review copy of Mitch Finley’s book, The Rosary Handbook: A Guide for Newcomers, Old-Timers, and Those in Between a few days ago and will be reviewing it here.
The book is a short book with 143 pages. I took about 30-45 minutes to finish it. The Rosary Handbook gives a lot of insight into the most popular devotional prayer found in Catholicism. Author Mitch Finley wastes no time going into detail.
In the introduction and first chapter, Finley uses anecdotes to present the Rosary to readers. Using personal stories, he presents the Rosary as something that is useful and fruitful in everyday life. At the same time, he shares the ups and downs the Rosary had during the Vatican II changes and how it made a comeback. The personal stories Finley shares help present the Rosary as more than just a prayer, but a way a life that is probably the first thing that identifies a Christian as a Catholic one.
Moreover, in chapter 2, he shares the history of the Rosary, going into detail how the devotional prayer developed from the Psalter into the version we use today. Finley leaves no stone unturned as he shares that contrary to popular belief, the Rosary was not given to St. Dominic by Our Lady. This may come as a shock to some Catholics, especially those who may not be too well informed about the faith and learn the easy “Sunday school” version of it in CCD or catechetical classes for First Communion of Confirmation. However, Finley does not bash the Rosary or the Dominican order. He shares the facts and does a good job at it. Honest Catholics will appreciate the facts and the evolution of the Rosary throughout the centuries. In chapter 3, Finley goes through each prayer of the Rosary giving “fun facts” about each. Readers will especially enjoy this chapter because Finley does a great job explaining each prayer. He goes line by line explaining what the phrases mean which will enrich readers and possibly bring them to say the prayers with more awareness as opposed to mechanically.
In chapter 4, he does the same thing as in chapter 3, but with the mysteries of the Rosary. He begins by explaining what a mystery is and how the idea was incorporated into the early versions of the Rosary which would lead to the formation of the “mysteries.” Finley explains how the mysteries were narrowed down to 15 and then increased to 20 by Saint Pope John Paul II in 2002 when he added the Luminous Mysteries. Chapter 4 is the longest chapter but is rich in the explanation for each mystery. Finley uses Sacred Scripture to expound on each mystery which brings a lot of insight. This chapter will be very beneficial for those who really love to meditate using the Rosary. Unfortunately, some Catholics recite the Rosary mechanically, almost in a rush to get it in as if it were a chore. Finley shares some wonderful explanations which help bring each mystery alive and shows the beauty of the Rosary. Protestants who may read his book will realize that the Rosary is a visitation into the events of the Gospel and not “worship of Mary.”
Lastly, in chapter 5, Finley explains the methods behind praying the Rosary using a chart and explaining what prayer to say, where to say it and what mystery to meditate on. He meticulously goes through each so the reader who never heard of the Rosary or is curious to prayer it can do so with ease. Once reading this chapter, the reader who may be a novice at the Rosary will become an expert praying it.
The book The Rosary Handbook: A Guide for Newcomers, Old-Timers, and Those in Between is a great read. It is true to its title as a guide for newcomers, old-timers and those in between. I wish I had this book during my transition from Atheism to Catholicism. It would have been a great resource for me as I searched Catholicism among other faiths. The book has some grammatical and spelling errors such as on page 10 “twenty-firstst,” nothing too serious. It also fails to give credit to Our Lady of Fatima for the “Oh my Jesus” prayer on page 66. Another error I found is on page 59 where Finley states that the “Our Father begins the Liturgy of the Eucharist.” This is not correct. The Liturgy of the Eucharist begins at the presentation of the gifts (see: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/the-mass/order-of-mass/). I think what Finley meant to state was that the Our Father begins the COMMUNION RITE, not the Liturgy of the Eucharist. In any event, these can be corrected and do not take away from the book as a whole. Again, I recommended this book to all Catholics and those who are curious about the Rosary. This book will enrich your knowledge and experience with the Rosary. My only complain and wish is that the author should have put in a references section so readers can find where he got his information from and do further studying. Hopefully, future editions will have one. This book is a must have and should be on every Catholic’s bookshelf. ∞