Beginning to Muse

I need to set out again what I have been attempting in my Net Prophets project. But before I do, I want to muse about a number of articles I have run across and read today. For some reason, most of what I have read today turned out to be an introduction to a book the writer has just written.

The first are a couple articles by Naomi Klein extracted from her new book and found in The Guardian newspaper. Here are the links:

Her book is “This Changes Everything”, and it is described by the publisher as “a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems.”

She contends that the climate crisis is not only a crisis, but it also provides an opportunity. While we work to solve the climate issue we can at the same time change some of the economic and political realities that have created the income disparity and political polarization, as well as climate change,  that are descriptive of the ills our present time.

The second article is by Nancy Abrams, the wife of Joel Primack. Primack is a cosmologist and co-discoverer of dark matter and dark energy, which have transformed our understanding of the universe. Abram’s book, published tomorrow, is “A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet”.

According to the publisher the book is a “paradigm-shifting blend of science, religion, and philosophy for agnostic, spiritual-but-not-religious, and scientifically minded readers.” Her article is found here:

I found the first half of her article very helpful in understanding the science behind dark matter and dark energy and their significance for our understanding of the universe. I found the second half, where she talks about God, not as helpful. In the first half she places the new discovery in the context of previous scientific study. The weakness of her second half is, I believe, because she acts as if all reflection upon God before her to be non-existent or erroneous. She seems as ignorant of philosophical or theological study as the new atheist, Richard Dawkins. She says “All the old views of God are demonstrably inadequate to our times.” ‘All’? ‘Demonstrably’? Methinks the lady does profess too loudly.

I shall limit myself to three articles in this posting. The third is by John Allen, for many years the Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter. His new book is “The Francis Miracle: Inside the Transformation of the Pope and the Church.”  The article can be found here:

Allen tells of an Argentinian cardinal, upon visiting his old friend at the Vatican asked: ‘You are not the same man I knew in Buenos Aires. What’s happened to you’? The pope’s only surviving sibling, said jokingly of Pope Francis: “I don’t recognize this guy!” In his book Allen attempts to tell what took place to transform Cardinal Bergoglio into Pope Francis. Whether or not you get the book, the article is well worth reading.


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