Fr Andrew Pinsent

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November 05, 2020
Inspiration is important to every kind of human knowledge, art, and practical skill, but what is it?
September 29, 2020
“Providence” is from a word that means “to foresee,” conveying the notion that God directs the cosmos and human affairs with wise benevolence. In a providential cosmos or life, time is not simply a succession of moments, like the ticking of a clock, but takes on an organic direction, as if marking progress or growth
September 11, 2020
Some definitions of faith are highly negative: “blind trust, in the absence of evidence, even in the teeth of evidence” is how Richard Dawkins describes it in The Selfish Gene. Needless to say, this definition is entirely his own and not from any Catholic theological source. What, then, is faith in a theological sense? In
August 21, 2020
What is love? One challenge to finding an answer is that “love” covers a diversity of dispositions. The phrases “I love chocolate” and “I love you” use the same verb, but loving a person is, one hopes, something more durable and substantive than a love of chocolate. Such examples underline that loving persons is the
August 14, 2020
As a physicist and a priest, I am sometimes asked how I can accept miracles. My response is: “Why not?”
July 17, 2020
The virtues, which are dispositions to do what is good, have recently enjoyed a remarkable revival as a topic of academic interest, if not necessarily in practice. This revival has been a response, in part, to a renewed sense that ethics involves more than simply the determination of right actions. We also assess persons ethically
June 26, 2020
What is hope? Clearly it is something good that anticipates a good future, combined with confidence in overcoming the challenges of attaining this goal. As one of the three theological virtues of the life of grace – faith, hope, and divine love – hope is about desire for the greatest good, namely heaven. What, then,
May 29, 2020
What is grace? In everyday language, grace means a freely bestowed gift, worthy of admiration and associated with the idea of blessing, beauty and salvation. As a special divine action, grace is also an unmerited gift from God. The Bible and Catholic liturgy overflow with references to grace, and theology has a complex taxonomy of
April 18, 2019
Why is the Risen Christ still wounded? In the Gospel of John, the Apostle Thomas states that he will not believe in the Resurrection, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side” (John 20:25). Eight
May 11, 2017
The question in the headline implies that the expected answer is “no”, but as a former particle physicist, my response is “Why not?” Contrary to a common prejudice, a scientific perspective does not rule out miracles, and the event at Fatima is, in the view of many, particularly credible. As regards miracles in general, the
May 11, 2017
A scientific perspective does not rule out miracles. We must remain open to exploring the unexplained
July 20, 2016
Does the attempt to explain away miracles prevent us from fully embracing the love of God?