Science, Religion and Atheism
This has always been the most important question, and it always will be. But it is remarkable that the same men who will spend almost every waking minute of their life looking for a way to do something difficult like splitting the atom, will not give a second thought to answering this question.
MALAYA CATHOLIC LEADER, SATURDAY. 17th FEBRUARY, 1940, page 7, women's page.
A. To know Him, to love Him, and serve Him, as He created you. Certainly these unfortunates gave Him plenty of glory during His public life, and so were far from useless. There would be no bodily ills had man not sinned. Sufferings, like death, are a consequence of original sin. They happen according to natural laws established by God, with the operations of which He is not obliged to interfere. He permits suffering, forseeing that good can result from it.
Q. WHY ARE SOME RICH WHILE OTHERS ARE POOR?
A. The reasons may be perfectly natural. Poverty and riches are the world's, but not God's. standard of success. In fact, He deliberately chose poverty for Himself, whereas He might have been rich. He said, "Woe to you rich, for you already have your consolation." And He also said, "Blessed are the poor."
Q. HOW ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE FAITHFUL TO THE COMMANDMENTS YET ARE SOMETIMES DISMISSED FROM SERVICE, WHILE OTHERS WHO ARE IN SIN OFTEN LIVE LUXURIOUS LIVES?
A. The same answer as above. If this life were the end of all, there would be no answer. Since it isn't, the answer will be in the after life that God promised the just.
The Malayan Catholic News, 17th January 1954, page 9
Class, colour - and creed (religion) : these are the things that are thought of as dividing men. Has it ever struck you how wrong this is? And, in particular, how wrong it is that religion should divide us? If you have never thought about it, we ask you to do so now.
The famous theory about the descent of man from an Ape-ancestor has been challenged afresh by Sir John Ambrose Fleming one of the best known living scientists. Evolutionary Theory was launched again by Darwin in his book ' The Origin of Species,' published in 1859. In 1868 Haeckel's 'History of Natural Creation' came to the support of the revived theory. Some twenty years later, in 1891, a Dutch Military Surgeon, Eugene Dubois dug up from the banks of the Solo River, in Java, what he considered as being human debris: first, a tooth; then a month later, and about three feet further off from that tooth, the pan of a skull. In the following year, some forty five feet further off from the skull, he found a leg-bone, (tibia), and finally, a second tooth lying embedded in the ground about nine feet from the skull.
In a Report, published in 1894, Dubois described those fragments as being those of the 'missing link' between Anthropoids and Man, so long sought for by Evolutionists. Great was the fuss made about this memorable find. Even Dubois went so far as to exhibit a coloured plaster-cast of the so-called ' Pithecanthropus' (Ape-Man) at the great Exhibition of 1900 jin Paris. Alas ! later on, the enthusiastic exponents of the discovered 'missing-link' had to come a peg lower owing to their untenable hypothesis.
- Malaya Catholic Leader, Saturday, May 25th, 1935 (1935.pdf pp213)
Some of our readers have called our attention to a lecture delivered at Penang to the members of the Rotary Club by Dr. N. K. Menon and reproduced in the Straits Echo & Times of Malaya of October 20. The incriminating passage of this otherwise interesting lecture concerns the Copernican or heliocentric system and Galileo its most earnest and bungling apostle. Dr. Menon has served his audience the common anti-popish stuff about the obscurantism of the Catholic Clergy, the Papal infallibility and the victimization of the stale trash which is conspicuounal of the Inquisition, that is all Galileo Galilei by the bloody tribusly found in the learned works of biggot writers, such as H. G. Wells, one of the major stars of the constellation.
We don't, of course, question the bona fides of Dr. Menon. Our object in writing is to show that he was terribly unlucky in the choice of his information.
In his address to the members of the Rotary Club in Penang, Dr. Menon said that "this theory (the sun and all other heavenly bodies revolved round the earth) has received the papal seal of infallibility" that "the teachings of Copernicus were received with general hostility by the learned ecclesiastics and were regarded as impious because his discoveries seemed to degrade the earth- The Church forbade him to teach this theory. His book was published in 1543 (and) remained on the Index of forbidden books for three centuries later.
"A remarkable phenomenon of modern times," said Fr. Gill, "is that on the one hand, while man uneducated and half-educated popular leaders seem to deny the place of God in human life, and while immature university students and undistinguished lecturers and popular writers adopt the pose of sneering at the idea of creation, on the other hand the greatest scientists who have given all their life to the study of science —men such as Newton, Darwin, Mendel, Lord Kelvin, Roentgen, the discoverer of X-rays, Marconi, the wizard of wireless, and innumerable others—declare their firm belief in the need of a Creator. "Lord Kelvin said: 'Do not be afraid of being free thinkers. If you think strongly enough you will be forced by science to believe in God, which is the foundation of religion. You will find science not antagonistic but helpful to religion.
Pride and self-conceit unite with a materialist fashion to make science in these days commonly anti-Christian. For that reason we compliment Sir Ambrose Fleming, O.M., the distinguished scientist, on his vigorous profession of faith delivered on Monday.
Sir Ambrose is 85, years of age. He attained great eminence as an electrical engineer long before some of the noisy materialists, whose gospel is evolution, had attained the dignity of beard and moustaches. He need not fear when he ignores the intellectual fads of the moment.
He struck hard at anti-religious and anti-Christian evolutionary theories, and, though his words lack the authority of a specialist i n anthropology, they carry weight as the verdict of a learned man, a Christian and a gentleman. (Catholic Times)
- Malaya Catholic Leader, Saturday, February 23rd, 1935 (pdf pp 76)