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Madness

In reading this article in Crisis Magazine, I came across the following quote:
“That mad kind of intelligence is offended by the precocious audacity of Winston Churchill writing in The River War at the age of twenty-five: “were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it [Islam] has vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.” For the secularist whose religious crusade against religion does not understand the world or its history, prophecy is the only heresy, and his single defense against false prophets is feigned detachment.”

I had to read it three times before I fully understood what I was reading. It is an older article, but still relevant today. In fact, with the rise of even more “peaceful” Islamic factions, probably even more relevant.

Just as so many people ignored the truths of the Nazis and Stalinists in time gone by, many people now, particularly in the media, refuse to admit that the “religion of peace” is not peaceful.

Christians are mocked for the belief in the supernatural and maligned as backward folks who ignore science. “Look at what they did to Galileo!” is the mantra. People misunderstand what happened with Galileo and simplify it in order to dismiss Catholics as superstitious and stupid. In truth, Catholics have been supporters of the sciences. The Big Bang Theory was posited by a Catholic priest. Gregor Mendel who is known as the father of genetics was an Augustinian friar and abbot. Louis Pasteur was a devout Catholic. Jerome Lejeune, who discovered the genetic cause of Down Syndrome, has been named a Blessed.” Their faith was not contrary to science, and in fact, it was their faith and their longing to understand God’s world better that led them to experiment.

Many secularists ignore the science when it suits them. Catholics believe that life begins at conception. Science bears this out. Once a woman’s egg is fertilized, a new person with unique DNA is formed. While a woman’s egg alone is part of her body, an embryo is a separate being. Feminists chant, “Keep your rosaries off our ovaries,” while demanding they should have the right to murder their unborn children. They then refuse to see the subjugation and degradation of women that happens in Islamic states, and even here in the United States. Somehow it is acceptable for these things to happen in Islam but it completely unacceptable to request modest attire for Mass. The Catholic church “oppresses” women and girls by not allowing female priests, but it is acceptable to require Muslim women to cover their entires bodies from head to toe with only the eyes showing. The dichotomy is overwhelming.
“Gender fluidity” is another secular mantra. Here again, the science is ignored. We must allow our feelings to rule every aspect of our lives, even when those feelings are lies. The science of Biology tells us that gender is determined by the X and Y chromosomes. someone who is XX is female and someone who is XY is male. That is to be ignored and artificial hormones administered and surgical mutilation perpetrated on anyone who declares they are something other than the gender that biology declares them to be. The “religion of peace” would stone these people to death.

Science and history are being rewritten in order to suit the whims of the “cultural elite” and the mentally ill. The inmates are running the asylum. George Orwell was truly prophetic in his novel 1984.

My own prayer these days is often, “Lord, have mercy!”

Free Lessons to Incorporate Science and Religion

There is a website that has lessons designed to incorporate science and religion.  It has lessons that are specifically Catholic, and also offers a generic Christian lesson.  Here is the information I received tonight.  I have seen this website before, but had forgotten about it.  I am taking a second look.  The creators are looking for feedback.  Check it out and let them know what you think.

 

FREE FAITH/SCIENCE LESSONS FOR GRADES 5 to 8

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NEW Faith/Science FREE DOWNLOADABLE lessons

at

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The faith/science lessons for Grades 5 to 8 follow our Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 4 lessons launched in 2009.  Educators worldwide have downloaded more than a quarter million lessons since the program began.

 

Click on the link to see how these lessons, created by teachers like you, demonstrate an innovative way to integrate faith and science in the classroom.  The modules are teacher-friendly, ready-to-use, side-by-side lessons providing hands-on learning experiences for your students.  There are Christian and Catholic specific modules.

 

We need your feedback to evaluate the program.  After downloading the lessons, please click on the “Recommend” button and tell us about your experience.  After all, you are the experts whose advice and suggestions we value the most.

 

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Spring Sale at Notebooking Pages

Now is the perfect time to start getting ready for next year!  Nature notebooking is great to use for science!

Notebooking pages is having an awesome sale.

Are we too clean?

I was reading a tongue in cheek article about the 5 best toys ever and came across this article about dirt and the effects of being too clean. It would appear that all the germ phobia that goes on in our society has weakened our immune systems. Somehow, I am not surprised. There was a reason that the knackerman’s children were always the healthiest.

Sharing Homeschool Resources

Eight questions having to do with home schooling:
H/T to Allison at Totus Tuus Family and Catholic Homeschool
One homeschooling book you have enjoyed.
I couldn’t pick just one. 🙂
CHC’s A Year with God, Celebrating the Liturgical Year

Laura Berquist’s Design Your Own Classical Curriculum

Kimberly Hahn & Mary Hasson’s Catholic Education: Homeward Bound – for the Heaven not Harvard focus

One resource you wouldn’t be without.
The internet is, without a doubt, the most important tool in my homeschooling tool belt. There are public domain texts, great artworks, even textbooks available for free online. There are also homeschool support groups and homeschoolers from all over the world who are willing to share their homeschool journeys and encourage me in mine.

One resource you wish you never bought.
This one was easy for me: Math U See Algebra I. We had torrents of tears over this one.

One resource you enjoyed last year.
How about one for each student? I liked Exploring Creation with Anatomy and Physiologyfrom Apologia. It is a little on the saccharine side, but had fun experiments to do.
I also like Teaching Textbooks Algebra I which we took up half way through the the year after the Math U See fiasco.

One resource you will be using next year.
Systematic Mathematics Applying Mathematics My daughter used this several years ago and I found it was a very thorough math program. I will use it again with my son next year.

One resource you would like to buy.
A Kindle Fire for each child and one for mom, too.

One resource you wish existed.
I would like a faith formation program for my children that was neither too dry, nor too “fluffy.” Just good solid catechesis.

One homeschool catalog you enjoy reading.
I love the CHC catalog.
Tag six other homeschool bloggers!
Many have probably answered this questionnaire. If you haven’t please consider yourself tagged. I’ll look forward to your comment so I can come read your answers.