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Pieta sculpture, from a church (its name I can’t remember) in Bolsano, Italy.  Thought to be created by Hans von Judenburg in the early 15th century, either by pouring the stuff into a mold, or carving it out after it hardened.  
I thought it was interesting that Mary is kind of smiling in this one.  And if you look, Jesus’ mouth is open. 

Pieta sculpture, from a church (its name I can’t remember) in Bolsano, Italy.  Thought to be created by Hans von Judenburg in the early 15th century, either by pouring the stuff into a mold, or carving it out after it hardened.  

I thought it was interesting that Mary is kind of smiling in this one.  And if you look, Jesus’ mouth is open. 

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Catholic Book Review: Genesis, Evolution, and the Search for a Reasoned Faith

While it’s not exactly a topic de jour anymore,I’ve still encountered a fair number of people who ask me how I can possibly reconcile the Book of Genesis and the Theory of Evolution.  Most recently, I was chatting with a coworker (he’s studying to be a Protestant Minister, I forget which denomination) and he looked utterly flabbergasted when I told him I accepted evolution as the most reasonable account for the creation of the world.  I’m not sure he looked at me the same way since, but then again, I am a Catholic, so I’m already getting the side-eye.  

I reviewed this book as part of an assignment for my “Grad School for Dummies” 1-credit required course.  Genesis, Evolution, and the Search for a Reasoned Faith does a surprisingly astute job of showing how today’s Catholic theologians study scripture, how today’s scientists do science, how reason is pretty awesome, and how to tie it all together without falling into the “Science explains the how, religion explains the why" excuse.  I found that last part particularly impressive, because I myself rather like that "Why/How" excuse.   The book’s only about 150 pages, and includes pictures and diagrams.  

Anyway. What follows after the cut is my review. It’s a bit dry, but that’s grad school for you. 

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