By Fr. Nicholas A. Marziani, Jr., D.Min.
I actually have an opinion, as I often do in this column, concerning a hot item in today’s discourse to share with you, my dear readers, but before I do I first need to share an announcement of a personal nature.
After 18 years on these lovely northeast Florida shores, my bride and I of nearly 50 years have heard the call from afar, the DFW Metroplex to be precise, to rejoin family we left behind when we moved here in 2003, and accordingly will be on our way to the Lone Star State by the time you read these lines.
I can only say, much too briefly, how much we have enjoyed our time in this mecca of sun-washed surf to which many others are now flocking seeking a new homestead. We leave behind many friends, co-workers and associates with whom we hope and intend to stay in touch from across the half continent that will separate us. It is truly a bittersweet moment and I wish everyone blessed future days in a very confused and confusing world.
And now, speaking of which – my final spiritual commentary. As a man of science myself as well as a man of the cloth, I am sorely distressed by the idolatry of the day which bends the knee and bows the back to something that is much less than God. I refer to the utterly irresponsible manner in which so-called “Science” is invoked to justify any political or moral agenda in the modern world. Back in February a Wall Street Journal opinion page (2/20-21, 2021; A11) ran a piece with the blazing title, “Science Needs Criticism, not Cheerleading.” I don’t have sufficient time to further cite from that excellent article, but I can throw in an additional quote along similar lines from a recently deceased physicist, Freeman Dyson, who once said, “The ground of science was littered with the corpses of dead (unified) theories,” referring to ambitious attempts by even brilliant scientists to fully explain the physical universe.
Well, I would add not just the larger physical world, but also our own physical, psycho-spiritual and socio-political worlds in which we so often pretend to know things that we really don’t, but wish we did. And so in the end as we lose the vivid sense of God we’re left only with what the 19th century atheistic philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche termed “the Will to Power.” In other words, I may not really know what I’m talking about, but by golly I’m going to stuff it down your throat! And so my parting plea is that this fair coastal realm may not lose, but maybe even simply re-gain, the faith of our ancestors that built this place. And may God be with you all!
Blessings and Peace, Fr. Nick