April 2012 Letters to the Editor

April 1, 2012

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Thank you so much for the fresh food market (at the Govanstowne Farmers’ Market)! We came to buy vegetables, fruit, bread, etc., three of the four days which were offered. Everything purchased was wonderful.

I cannot remember when I had a peach that was so good—usually after I drove many miles to Gettysburg, where your vendors came from. But this time I only had to walk up York Road. It was like living in Europe!

Thank you again and again!

Cheryl Smith
Baltimore, Md.

CHARGED WITH IONS

As a Loyola graduate with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and conducting research, I find articles of this nature (“In All Things: The Intersections of Science and Faith at Loyola”) embarrassing, both to myself and my education.

Having driven past Loyola a few months ago and seen the construction, I was pleased to note the Donnelly Science Center was being improved—that is, until I saw the “grandeur of God” quote on the side of the building. This worried me, mostly because I felt that a better and more accurate phrase would have read, “The world is charged with ions.” It is the science building, after all.

However, quotes like Rev. James J. Miracky, S.J.’s—“Central to our mission is the phrase ‘Finding God
in all things’” and “We believe that any area of knowledge is a potential place to encounter the Divine”—smack of intelligent design, and are a stain upon any scientific institution. Discussion of the grandeur of any deity is fine on a personal level, but when institutionalized and highlighted along with scientific pursuit, the belief in the output of that science is degraded.

If Loyola expects to compete in the coming century for top young minds with scientific aptitude, comments like these and associated philosophy will have to be dissociated. Science and theology are independent topics, but they simply do not mix.

Greg Bissonette, ’05
Baltimore, Md.

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3 Comments

  • Posted by Albert A. Koenig, Ph.D. | April 20, 2012

    I am sincerely sorry to have missed the opportunity to post a tribute to Prof. Bernie Weigman in the Apr Loyola Magazine in the section: “The Supreme Art”. There are many out there who feel similarly. I dare say that there is enough material out there from alumni to do a follow-up in the next publication. believing that, I have generated an article that I would like to see condidered in the next publication. I will look for the publisher to follow up with me.

  • Posted by editor | April 20, 2012

    Dr. Koenig,
    Please send your piece on Prof. Weigman to magazine@loyola.edu and we will make sure you have a chance to acknowledge him in the next issue.
    Thank you!
    Rita Buettner, Editor

  • Posted by Michael S. Smith '80 | January 7, 2013

    Somehow, Loyola has failed Dr. Greg Bissonette. Despite four years of excellent Jesuit education, the student managed to graduate apparently without a single iota of understanding that God can be found in every millimeter of nature. If only he could have attended a lecture about Euler’s Identity, he could have seen a mathematical proof that God is everywhere. I am embarrassed by Dr. Bissonette’s embarrassment.

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