Science, Religion and Atheism

The most important question in man's life is not: "Will Communism conquer the world?'' not "Will man find a defence against the atomic bomb?" nor ''Will civilization be wiped out in the next war'?" The most important question is "Did God speak to man and if He did, what did He say?"

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.
The virtue of religion makes us courageous and willing to offer to the Divine Majesty due veneration. By means of this virtue we honour the Lord Our God inasmuch as we acknowledge and proclaim His greatness, majesty and dominion over us, and at the same time confess our own littleness, lowlness and dependence upon Him. Religion, consequently, includes in itself two requisites: first, lively ackknowledgment of His infinite perfection and dignity, and then, a humble subjection to His unlimited power and dominion.

MALAYA CATHOLIC LEADER, SATURDAY. 17th FEBRUARY, 1940, page 7, women's page.

Q. WHY DID GOD CREATE THE BLIND, CRIPPLES, THE DEAF, DUMB, ETC?
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

Q. WHY DID GOD CREATE THE BLIND, CRIPPLES,

THE DEAF, DUMB, ETC?

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 hav,e 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, WIDLE OTHERS WHO ARE IN

SIN OFrEN 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 most finely balanced of all God's creatures is man. He is able to stand upright, to sit, to lie, to kneel and to crouch. He is able to walk backwards, forwards, and sideways to every point of the compass. He is able to hop or stand on one leg. He can walk, run, leap, dance, jump, take short or long strides, balance on his toes, swing himself by his arms and climb a height. He can crawl or creep like an insect, turn a somersault like a porpoise, spin 'round like a teetotum and stand on his> head! He can swim like a frog and float on his back.
Shortly before his death, Goethe said to Eckermann, "Let mental culture go on advancing; let the natural sciences go on gaining in depth and breadth, and the human mind expand as it may- it will never go beyond the elevation and moral culture of Christianity as it glistens and shines forth in the Gospel!". Since these words were uttered, more than a century has passed during which the natural sciences have made tremendous progress, and psychology has probed deep into the darkest nooks and corners of the human mind. But have we gone beyond the elevation and moral culture of Christianity? No, Christianity still continues to shine as the Morning Star and will continue so to shine to the end of time.
"THERE stood by the cross of Jesus, Mary His Mother." Jesus died for all men; That all men might be UNITED in Him, and so united with God. On the night before He died, He prayed that all his followers might be ONE (see below). Mary, His Mother and ours, is deeply interested in this matter which we bring to your attention.

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.
From "The Rock" (A Catholic Monthly Magazine published by the Jesuit Fathers in Hongkong.)

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.
Father Julius Nieuwland, a Catholic priest, who has invented synthetic rubber, received rather measly treatment at the hands of one of our local contemporaries. We, however, wish to show our appreciation for genius by wishing the priestly inventor all success and hearty congratulations.

- Malaya Catholic Leader, Saturday, May 25th, 1935 (1935.pdf pp213)
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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.
Catholics attending the meeting of the British Association heard a distinguished Jesuit scientist, Fr. Henry Gill, S. J., of Dublin, preach at St. Barnabas' Cathedral on the Sunday on "God's Place in Science."

"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.
Science properly pursued should lead men nearer to God, for God is Truth, and all reality is but a fragmentary expression of God, the infinite and transcendent reality. The search for truth is for the right-minded the search for God in his creation.

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)