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 Contents - Mar 2012AD2000 March 2012 - Buy a copy now
Homily: Benedict XVI: the Annunciation and Mary's virginity - Pope Benedict XVI
Year of Grace: can Australian Catholicism recover its unity? - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
The global financial crisis and the West's fertility decline - Babette Francis
Extraordinary life of new Czech Cardinal, Dominik Duka - Peter Westmore
Campion College's Summer Program on Christian leadership - Br Barry Coldrey
Fulton Sheen Cause: progress report - Msgr Stanley Deptula
The Immaculate Conception and the development of doctrine - Bishop Peter J. Elliott
John Henry Newman on the Immaculate Conception - John Henry Newman
Missions: Bringing hope to Nigeria's abandoned children - Madonna Brosnan
Letters: Abortion silence - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Social get-together - Richard Congram
Letters: Atheism - John Gallagher
Letters: Gay peril - Robert Bom
Letters: Defending marriage - Mark Szymczak
Books: Streams of Grace, by Bishop Julian Porteous - Fr Ken Barker MGL (reviewer)
Books: The Spiritual Legacy of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, by Rev. Charles P. Connor - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: LEAD, KINDLY LIGHT, by Thomas Howard - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: MISSA CANTATA: A Chant Mass for the Assembly, Accompaniments by Geoffrey Cox - Christopher Trikilis (reviewer)
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Reflection: The wonder of the Incarnation: Pope Benedict's Nazareth homily - Pope Benedict XVI

In his criticism of atheism, Paul Fitzgerald writes: "Any reasonable person can clearly see that there must be some intelligence that existed for all time. We call it God" (December-January AD2000).

Mr Fitzgerald is here referring to the traditional argument of order in the world, from which order we can conclude to an orderer who is Himself unordered. However, his preceding statement, "Everything must have a cause", is not correct. God is not caused. He is the Uncaused Cause; all other causes are caused causes.

In his book Why I am not a Christian, the philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote: "If everything must have a cause then God must have a cause."

The Catholic response is that everything that does not contain within itself sufficient reason to account for its own existence must have a cause apart from itself. The material universe is a collection of finite, dependent mutual elements. It is not self-explanatory and reason cannot find within it an explanation for why it is there. The universe must owe its existence to a self-existent Being who is the cause of all things other than Himself.

Readers interested in this topic can find an excellent exposition of the rational arguments for the existence of God in The Scope of Philosophy by John Young. (Editor: This book is available through Freedom Publishing).

Armidale, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 25 No 2 (March 2012), p. 15

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