Sister moves with times
THE ideas raised during Grafton's International Philosophy, Science and Theology Festival had such a profound effect on Sister Veronica Brady that yesterday she had to alter her speech significantly.
It deviated so far from her original presentation that she described her prepared notes as 'unrecognisable' when compared with what the audience heard.
"When I meet with other ideas and things are put differently I get so excited, I really believe in the development of ideas," Sister Brady said.
"This week has raised so many new ideas that of course mine have evolved; it's healthy that they have.
"The Dead Sea Scrolls paper was just wonderful it really emphasised that you can't read the Bible literally, for example, people say the Gospel is all about Jesus, well it is but it is impressions of Jesus ... the Bible is only a problem if you read it literally.
Sister Brady's presentation dealt with Dante's Divine Comedy and the implications of his attempt to combine the science of his day and his religious faith. She argued that humans should look to Einstein's understanding of the universe as 'utterly mystifying' and realise that they are not at the centre of it.
"Today I truly believe that we suffer from a poverty of intellect and morals, the world is like that ... WWII was brought to an end by the first atomic bomb and it really showed that nuclear weaponry gives humans the power to destroy the world, so when you look at it like that what does God mean?"