Dear Father Phil,

i am amazed at your erudition. You are really gifted. i have just read you Carl Sagan essay. Do you teach anywwhere... at a univesity, I mean.

-- Father Joe Mc Kenna...67 yrs. old... very interested in phenomenology, a term i like to use to designate "science".

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Dear Fr. Joe,

Thanks for the letter and kind word. Please explain more about phenomenology and science.

Dear Father Phil,

I am a pastor in Bath, Maine, waiting to retire. I understand that in or about the year 1840 (and i don't know what precipitated it) they (meaning academics, physicists, et al.) began to use the broad term "science" for the narrow fields of physics, chemistry, astronomy, etc., in other words for what the scholastics called "phenomenology", the study of material phenomena. This loose misuse of the term "science" has resulted in much misunderstanding. For example the claim. "Science cannot prove the existence of God" should be corrected to "Phenomelogy cannot prove the existence of God", because phemenology does not deal with anything other than the material (including energy.) As a matter of fact, LOGIC, another branch of science, CAN prove the existence of God. Make it a good day. :8-)

Joe McKenna

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Dear Fr. Joe,

Interesting--and it seems to me, most important distinction. Can you elaborate more on Logic being able to prove the existence of God?

Have a good Thanksgiving.