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.




Infallibility in the Church: blessing or shackle?

April 7, 2020

BILL TONER SJ :: The Church's doctrine of papal infallibility is problematic on a number of fronts, both theological and historical

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Reflections on Original Sin

January 9, 2020

BILL TONER SJ :: A note to introduce an article by the late John Moore SJ, Professor of Botany, on scientific problems raised by the doctrine of original sin

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What did Jesus teach us about Hell?

December 3, 2019

Bill Toner SJ :: Whatever the reality of Hell, the stress of the New Testament is decidedly on the eternal life of joy awaiting us and the infinite mercy of...

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Reflecting on Jesuit times past

November 20, 2019

After reading through the 'Irish Jesuit Annual Letters' published recently, Bill Toner SJ reflects on the shape of Jesuit life in 17th century Ireland

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Making space for God

January 4, 2018

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...

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Bad Language

May 29, 2017

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...

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Can we rediscover God?

April 26, 2017

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

January 25, 2017

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?

December 5, 2016

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’?

May 25, 2016

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...

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