About the Site

The SecondSightblogdotnet is a mutual exploration into the reconciliation between science and faith.

Over the centuries there have been tussles between scientific discoveries and the teaching of the Catholic Church. Sometimes this is because scientists have got ahead of themselves; sometimes it is because the Church has clung too long to traditional understandings, and failed to discriminate between the essentials and the inessentials.

But truth is indivisible, and scientific fact and the truths of faith are ultimately reconcilable – although we may not always understand how.

Today this reconciliation has never been more important. Materialists often chide us for what they regard as mere superstition, and claim that we are trying to influence society with our unproved beliefs.

And so the Secondsightblogdotnet (formerly Second Sight Blog) was born.

The raw material is based on my fortnightly Science and Faith column in The Catholic Herald. And I add to that other relevant articles and thoughts, which I hope you will find stimulating.

But the value of the blog lies mainly with you. Contribute your comments generously. You may well want to disagree with some of my views. Tell me so. I may want to disagree with some of yours. Perhaps you can offer different or additional angles. May be you are an expert in a particular field, scientific, theological or philosophical, and have facts we need to hear. It will be a learning process for all of us, not least for me.

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4 Responses to About the Site

  1. David Bingham says:

    Reference the Catholic Herald 29th april 2011; How is Jesus present?
    I find the issue of the Real Presence is helped by modern technology. Our TV’s – our mobile phones – are all about presence; – both audible & visible – and even inter-active. One person’s “presence” can be multiplied thousands of times according the number of TVs switched on. True, not actual physical bodily presence, but in all other respects, very much a personal presence. If technology can produce these forms of presence, transcending distance; then we should not have too much difficulty in accepting the “divine technology” – not circumscribed by time or space – of the Eucharistic presence; which is not so much a matter of Christ being summoned down to the Eucharistic altar, as the Eucharistic species of bread and wine being drawn up to Christ to manifest the guarantee of His personal presence. Heresy????

    • Brendan O'Leary says:

      David, There is a real danger in accepting ” divine technology ” as a kind of cop-out to the real thing. After we are talking about the Real Prescence which after all demands our real prescence. This virtual prescence is a poor substitute for community worship – where we eat and are given life and where we cannot eat, for whatever reason, we are joined spiritually, where ” two or three are joined together “to this lifesaving spiritual sacrificial act. I would not conclude that you are a heretic, but like General Absolution it is not to be encouraged for Christ- centred humanity.

  2. Major thankies for the blog. Really Great.

  3. Bonsai says:

    I like the premise of this blog. I am an analyst– but I consider myself a philosopher (by major and thinking style) as well as a Christian fairly young in my faith. I will be following you! I write some on Christianity and how it fits with “Lean” business practices.

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