An Open Letter to Atheists

Believe it or not, I meet a lot of atheists in my line of work. Some reach out to me simply to tell me I’m wrong, but many come lost, looking for answers. Both present interesting opportunities for conversation.

For the latter, I try to figure out what they do believe in, what inspires them, what they’re looking for in life, and try to guide them to someone tangible they can explore. Their openness to dialogue is always exciting to me.

The former are a bit different. Given their disposition and desire to compete, I know that I’m not going to make a lot of headway, and so I don’t usually push too hard. Instead, I try to turn the conversation on them with a simple question. That question… is this open letter I’ve posted to YouTube.

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Including references from Looney Tunes, The Blues Brothers, The Shining, Spiderman, The Godfather, Raging Bull, and a host of others, Kung Fu Hustle is by no means a serious work. It’s a spoof of the industry. Unlike most spoofs, though, it does so as a means of paying homage. It makes fun in order to show its love. With countless homages to previous kung fu movies, the appearance of once-famous kung fu heroes, and the use of many popular tropes. one could definitely argue that it was made to show the greatness of the genre.

Or it’s just a farce. We really couldn’t decide. Either way, we hope you enjoy!

The Two Popes is a dynamic, well-made, inspiring mess. That’s what Fr. Tito and I said last year when we reviewed it on our podcast. This year, I decided to sit down with Fr. Patrick to see if he thought the same. In this episode, we look at just one scene, Pope Benedict XVI’s meeting with then Cardinal Bergoglio at Castle Gandolfo.

Can Science be Trusted?

There are some in our world that are skeptical of anything scientific, believing that faith in God and scientific inquiry are opposed to one another. This is an unfortunate approach that limits the faculties of reason and observation that God gave us. The Catholic Church is a major supporter of empirical study.

There are also those on the other end of the spectrum who believe that science is the end-all-be-all of truth, that it is always right and answers every question. This is also an unfortunate approach.

The fact of the matter is an excellent way of understanding the perceivable world, but there are plenty of important things in life that are not perceivable. For that, we must look to history, philosophy, art, and religion to answer other questions and to express other truths.

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The Salem witch trials have captivated audiences for centuries with folklore and legend. And yet, I’m not so sure that it is not the mysterious world of witches that keeps people interested. It’s the relatable and ever-recurring story of looking for women to blame for societal ills.

Such is the story that Aaron Sorkin seeks to retell in the 2017 Molly’s Game, a story of a real-life woman who faced her own witch hunt. Although Molly game was poker, not the occult, her experience is the same.