The saga of string theory is a good example of the predicament of reason in our culture: lots of reasoning, very little observation. Even science cannot survive forever when everybody cares more about their own mental processes than the truth.
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The Economist is clearly disappointed that Christianity has not yet completely disappeared in England. It is certainly getting close, for reasons explained by Christian Order (take it with a pinch of salt: in spite of the collapse of the Church in England, it is likely that not ALL British bishops are terminally incompetent and/or corrupt).
One among the many pieces on the Pope/Islam controversy.
This one at least quotes some good people (Fr. Samir and Mario Mauro). Unfortunately they also quote today's grotesque editorial from the New York Times...
Today the Pope gave a memorable speech that summarizes the challenge of the Church to our time.
The West has long been endangered by this aversion to the questions which underlie its rationality, and can only suffer great harm thereby. The courage to engage the whole breadth of reason, and not the denial of its grandeur – this is the programme with which a theology grounded in Biblical faith enters into the debates of our time.
NB: "Persian" is an euphemism for "Muslim." The directness of his critique of Islam is also unprecedented.