Friday, November 04, 2005
Dr. Thomas Woods Jr. gave a good talk Wednesday at the Nassau Community College Center for Catholic Studies. He spoke on his book "How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization". It started with a necessary reminder of the great contribution of the Church to science. The factoid that stood out was that 37 craters of the moon are named after Jesuit priests. Woods connected the Christian belief in an ordered universe following natural law with the advancement of the scientific method. He spoke briefly on economics, universities, and Catholic charity. I didn't get a chance to ask why he didn't seem to include Catholic contribution to Western Literature in his book. There were a lot of high school students in the audience and I wonder what they thought of the talk. I don't remember being interested in Catholicism as much when I was their age, and don't think there would have been as many opportunities to hear good, solid talks such as Dr. Woods'.