How many divisions does the Pope have? Joseph Stalin once ironically asked the official warning him of the Vatican's power. Decades later, totalitarian regimes have all but vanished, while the Catholic Church, founded strictly on an evangelical message of love, has continued to grow.
The American Declaration of Independence, which is so admirable and dignified an expression of the American mind," is at the same time an accurate expression of the Catholic mind, medieval and modern.
It's difficult to say who turns themselves into the biggest pretzel: creationists trying to fit science into a biblical template, or agnostic scientists trying to avoid the existence of a personal God. An enlightened Catholic view of science must be anchored in the proposition that God delights to work through secondary causes.
No book has so profoundly affected the way modem man views himself than Charles Darwins Origin of Species, first published in 1859. The notion that man is the product of a blind, materialist process which did not have him in mind is part of the intellectual air everyone breathes.