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Bio: Michael Novak

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Theologian, author, and former U.S. ambassador, Michael Novak currently holds the George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.  He is the 1994 recipient of the million-dollar Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.

He graduated from Stonehill College (B.A., Philosophy and English) and the Gregorian University (B.A. Theology).  He continued theological studies at Catholic University and then at Harvard, where he received an M.A. in 1966 in History and the Philosophy of Religion.  Mr. Novak has written 26 influential books on the philosophy and theology of culture, especially the essential elements of a free society.  His writings have appeared in every major Western language, and in Bengali, Korean and Japanese.  His masterpiece, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, was published underground in Poland in 1984, and after 1989 in Czechoslovakia, Germany, China, Hungary, Bangladesh, Korea, and many times in Latin America.  His latest book is  No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers.



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wrtr83

posted November 15, 2008 at 1:04 pm


Either God is a fact and exists or He does not. If He exists, no amount of denial will cause Him to disappear. If He does not exist, no amount of belief will create Him. I used to have faith in Jesus Christ. I counted myself a faithful Christian. Then, in an amazing split second in which God showed me His entire creations, I could no longer have faith. Instead, I had knowledge. God is all about glories and miracles that He creates because He loves us. When I pray to Him, I pray for patience for our country.



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posted November 15, 2008 at 3:01 pm

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posted November 17, 2008 at 2:11 pm


God is real! His Son Jesus Christ sacrificed His life to redeem and reconcile fallen man to God, their eternal Father!
It matters not what one believes in the end, if truth is not what he believes….the consequences will be there to face. We must hope that what we believe is true and search until we are confident and assured that it is!



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posted January 2, 2009 at 2:57 pm


We all need to believe in something in order to Be. We all need belief to rediscover ourselves and our spirituality.



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posted December 3, 2009 at 3:19 pm


I’m not a believer any more and now that I’m not, if jesus and god are the same it really doesn’t make sense to me that jesus had to die in order for god to forgive us. That’s like saying if a parent makes a rule and a child breaks the rule the parent can forgive the child until the parent sacrifices some part of their body, i.e. cuts off their hand. And the the child has to believe that the hand had to be cut off in order for the parent to be able to forgive the child. If the parent made a rule that the child could not follow whay can’t the parrent just decide to forgive the child. The parent doesn’t have to answer to any one but themsleves.
The concept of someone having to make a sacrifice in order to pay the price for forgiveness makes more sense in a story like Hercules where there were multiple gods that had to be appeased.



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