Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Please could someone tell me what all the German comments mean? I meant it when I said I couldn't understand the language!

You may remember the Bede v Barry debate before Christmas. I put my last post up on 20th December and that seems to have concluded the debate. Barry feels he does not have the time to commit at this time of year so unless I hear from him again, the debate is now closed.

Finally, I'd like to wrap up the debate on the tsunami and the problem of evil, ably continued in the comments to the relevant posts, with this article by Guy Consolmagno, one of the Vatican's astronomers, who sums up both sides well even if he can't quite reconcile them. Thanks to Alan for the link.


Layman said...

I cannot solve this problem for you young, Bede. But I can give you the tools you need to solve it for yourself:


Tom K. said...

Sie haben vollkommen Recht, das Deutsch buetzlich ist, aber Englisch muss man lernen, um die heutige Welt anfassen zu koennen. You are absolutely right, that German is not important, but one must learn English to grasp today's world.

Interessieren, aber würde nicht es besser gewesen sein, zu sagen, daß letzt auf englisch kommentieren Sie, damit jeder verstehen konnte? Interesting, but would it not be better to comment in English so that everyone could understand?

Alle haben verstanden, die verstanden wollten. Die anderen haben nun hoffentlich die Motivation, Deutsch zu meistern, um sich hier zuhause zu fuehlen. All have understood that want to. The others now hopefully have motivation to learn German to feel at home here.

Anonymous said...

'God is present; and we don’t understand. But we are capable of knowing that we don’t understand. That is the strangest mystery of all.'

Once again, Dawkins is proved correct that theology produces no knowledge.

Theologians cannot produce a theology - a knowledge of God, especially when it comes to important questions like death, suffering, chance and fate.

2,000 years of studying God's world produces 'It's a mystery' when faced with everyday events (and cancer and AIDS strike home everyday).

And theology is a university subject???

jack perry said...

Astronomy is a university subject, even though it's a mystery to most astronomers, let alone non-astronomers. I don't see why theology shouldn't be just as mysterious, if not more so.