Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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This is a great statement from the Pope and one with which I, as a Lutheran Christian and a pastor, can heartily agree. I'm something of an ignoramous when it comes to science, frankly. But the more I read of scientific discoveries and theorizing about our universe, I find my faith strengthened. Likewise, science plays an essential role in many of the good things we enjoy in the world. Good for Benedict!

Mark Daniels


Yes, but he is probably not talking about the brand of science promoted by Dawkins and Dennett, which is not compatible with supernatural beliefs. I'm sure that brand is dying out, but it might be a long wait before Intelligent Design and New Science can become respectable enough to get funding.
The doors might remain shut until Dawkins and Dennett and all their devoted followers have retired.

The Pope might not be entirely aware of this problem. As a life-long Intelligent Design advocate, I have found that people either find it perfectly obvious and therefore not worth talking about, or they are completely sold on neo-Darwinism, and won't consider alternatives. The Pope might not be aware that, for devout scientific materialists and secular humanists, religion is still the number one enemy.

Ken Wilber's book "The Marriage of Sense and Soul," was supposed to solve the whole problem, but it doesn't. No scientific materialist would be convinced by any of his arguments. I don't think believers in the supernatural (whether New Age or traditional) spend a lot of time debating with non-believers, or reading their books. If they did, they would know that a reconciliation of science and religion is a long way off.


I think the reasoning behind the sterness of the Pope (any Pope) and the Doctrine of the Church is due mostly because we- the lay people- are somewhat impatient when it comes to the ~why~ of the Church. We are more intent on the ~why not~.

I got an annulment, and at times I get the meaning of the Sacredness of marriage and the Triage of God involved- and sometimes i'm confused. It's a Sacrament, for crying out loud.

As for science- well- anyone looking at the growth of something and disconnecting *God* from it- is missing an important angle through which to glorify Life. Or- at the very least- to enjoy it.


Frankly I don't buy it. Sure, regular science is fine - as long as it doesn't contradict anything the Church says.

The moment sociological or genetic studies say homosexuality is a normal, healthy, and sociologically acceptable state for a portion of humanity you'll see how quickly he'll disagree.

Any studies that say having abortion or birth control being available as a choice is in any way positive for society, of course he'll disagree.

Frankly I just think he's trying to gloss over the very real conflict between religion and science with platitudes, so that people who are confused about it but know nothing of science will "take his word for it" that there is no conflict.

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