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Bill Toner SJ

Bill Toner SJ is a former Director of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice. He is currently  Treasurer of the Irish Province. For many years he has taken a keen interest in issues relating to science and faith.

Making space for God

BILL TONER : : For those who, in their praying, long for some kind of union with God, it is hard to give up the hope that some day God will speak to them or communicate with them in their prayers.

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Bad Language

BILL TONER :: Yuval Noah Hararai, denies the existence of everything that is not a brute material object. He says everything else is myth. This is an appalling impoverishment of language.

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Can we rediscover God?

Bill Toner SJ :: Have things changed so much in recent decades that deep reflection about God is practically impossible?

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Some reflections on Dawkins

Bill Toner SJ :: At the heart of purely physicalist accounts of evolution is a failure to address adequately the mystery of human consciousness

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What happens after we die?

BILL TONER SJ :: After Vatican II hell was downplayed. The dominant message was that God wants all people to be saved. But saved from what, or for what?

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What does it mean to be ‘saved’?

BILL TONER SJ :: When I was studying theology in Milltown Park I visited home one Sunday. I told my father that I had to leave a bit early to finish an essay. He asked me what the essay was about and I said, “Well, the title is, ‘The notion of satisfaction in the soteriology of St Thomas Aquinas’”. My father replied, “What the hell use would that be to you working as a priest in Gardiner Street?”

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