How Reading ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Led An Atheist Lawyer, Fredric Heidemann, to Christianity.

“If our being is nothing more than a collection of atoms reacting with each other in enormous complexity through cause and effect chains stretching back to the beginning, then we are floating blindly through space and time: there’s no rhyme, reason, or purpose.”

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Former atheist Fredric Heidemann lives with his wife and their daughter in the Lansing, Michigan. He currently works there as an attorney. Born and raised in an atheist family, Heidemann dismissed religion until his late teenage years when he abandoned atheism. He entered the Catholic Church in 2006 during his freshman year of college and loves sharing his story (1).

According to Heidemann he “grew up in a loving, comfortable atheist household of professional scientists. My dad was a lapsed Catholic, and my mom was a lapsed Lutheran. From the time that I could think rationally on the subject, I did not believe in God. God was an imaginary being for which there was no proof. At best, God was a fantasy for half-witted people to compensate their ignorance and make themselves feel better about their own mortality” (2). He was quite scathing in that he saw belief…

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Ten Predictions for 2017 – Trump, Apple, Snapchat, Tech as Villain, and more…

“In 2017, we’ll come to realize that we’re valuing the wrong things, and start a conversation about paying people to connect with each other …”

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ten-predictions-2017-trump-apple-snapchat-tech-villain-battelle

Cardinal Seán: Christmas Joy is About Solidarity, Rejecting Ayn Rand Extreme Individualism

“Christmas joy is about discovering and building solidarity with our families, with our community, with the human beings on the planet, and with our creator.”

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Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston delivered an outstanding message on joy, community, and solidarity this Christmas, encouraging us to pursue these and leave behind the selfishness, materialism, and hedonism of an extreme individualism that is truly poisonous:

“Christmas is about joy; so often, people do not know the difference between being happy, and having fun. For some people their whole life is one long pursuit of having fun. The joy of Christmas is not the product of successful shopping sprees, of fantasy or fairy tales, or addictions to entertainment, drugs, or alcohol….

Christmas joy is about discovering that life must be lived in solidarity. The Ayn Rand extreme individualism of our culture is poison, whose antidote is community and solidarity. Christmas joy is about discovering and building solidarity with our families, with our community, with the human beings on the planet, and with our creator.”

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Geneticist & Leader of the Human Genome Project, Francis Collins, Converts from Atheism to Christianity.

“Collins, in a similar fashion to the late former atheist to Christian convert C.S. Lewis of whom he admits was an inspiration to him, was compelled by the human intuition of objective morality.”

Source: Geneticist & Leader of the Human Genome Project, Francis Collins, Converts from Atheism to Christianity.

“We Believe That Mary Is Ever-Virgin” – Homily by Fr. Nathan

4th Sunday of Advent (Mt 1:18-24) “We Believe That Mary Is Ever-Virgin” PDF Version

Source: “We Believe That Mary Is Ever-Virgin” – Homily by Fr. Nathan

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“Even the most elegantly designed deck will fail in securing new clients or capital if it is not accurately presenting your services in a way that people can appreciate.”

The Mother of All Same-Sex Parenting Studies

“Family structure is serious business and children are depending on us to advocate on their behalf. Let us use the truth as a tool, not a weapon.”

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I have had several conversation recently on the studies that supposedly show “no difference” between children raised in the home of same-sex parents and those raised in the home of their married mother and father. It’s interesting that many who pride themselves on valuing science and data would swallow this claim without really understanding the evidence. If really want to understand the research on this subject, here is an itemized review of every single study done on the subject of same-sex parenting: A Review and Critique of Research on Same-Sex Parenting and Adoption. For those who don’t have the time to review this 120 page document, here’s the abstract:

Are the outcomes for children of gay, lesbian, or bisexual parents in general the same as those for heterosexual parents? That controversial question is discussed here in a detailed review of the social science literature in three parts: (1) stability of…

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