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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (June 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802863833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802863836
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert J. Spitzer, S.J. is president of Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington. His other books include The Spirit of Leadership, Healing the Culture, and Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life.

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Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 16, 1952, Fr. Robert J. Spitzer is a Catholic Priest in the Jesuit order, and is currently the President of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith and the Spitzer Center. He has taught courses on faith and reason, metaphysics, philosophy of God, and philosophy of science to graduate and undergraduate students at Georgetown University, Gonzaga University, Seattle University, and St. Louis University. He was President of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009, during which he led the efforts to build 20 new facilities, increased the student population by 75%, and raised more than $200 million for scholarships and capital projects. Fr. Spitzer has produced two television series for EWTN and received a Templeton Grant for teaching physics and metaphysics. He has made multiple media appearances including: Larry King Live (debating Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow, and Deepak Chopra on God and modern physics), the Today Show (debating on the topic of active euthanasia), The History Channel in "God and The Universe," and a multiple part PBS series "Closer to the Truth," and the Hugh Hewitt Show. He has also appeared on dozens of nationally syndicated radio programs. For more information, please visit the Magis Center of Reason and Faith website at www.magisreasonfaith.org

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A highly recommended, understandable, book.
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534 of 578 people found the following review helpful By Peter P Lackey Jr on November 7, 2010
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I will keep this review short and sweet. I have personally been building a research library of science, Philosophy, theology, and books on the cults and occult for the past 15 years. One topic that I continuously find myself reading and listening to debates on the most is the area of God's existence. I enjoy the various approaches and 'faith assumptions' brought to the raw materials of physical data by naturalists/materialists/atheists and deists/theists. I do not like fluffy works which is why I avoid the childish rants of the "new-atheists" and the unbiblical liver-quiver approaches of some Christians. There is one thing that I always notice regarding books like this: the illogical 1-star reviews of some atheist who turned off the porn for a minute to provide a thoughtless review in order to impact the aggregate of the rating who I promise NEVER read the book. On this particular topic, I have read works of theists like William Lane Craig, John Polkinghorn, Alvin Plantigna, etc. and this is the best book yet. I have to admit that this book was such a surprise to me given that I have never heard of Robert Spitzer until he wrote a rebuttal to Steven Hawking a few months ago in the Wall Street Journal. Hawking no doubt has a brilliant mind and I love how he shows the world that a physical handicap cannot a stop powerful mind. But as with most Physicists who do not continuously develop the philosophical he commits fallacies in logical thinking that most would miss; i.e., equivocating on the word "nothing" and a category mistake confusing physical laws and causal agents (which ties into the equivocation of 'nothing').Read more ›
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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Kinler on March 6, 2011
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Everyone should read this work before deciding whether they believe in a Creator or not! I have just finished reading this book within the last couple weeks, and have found myself consumed by the most paralyzing and profound awe that I have ever experienced in my life. Father Spitzer has proved that he is undoubtedly one of the greatest allies of God and humanity as a whole as he seeks to humbly, yet sharply, argue the unmistakable truth of our Creator's existence. What I love most about this work is that Father Spitzer revolutionizes pro-theistic arguments by boldly vindicating the Creator on the very stages of modern scientific and philosophical thought where His presence is most ardently (and often successfully) refuted. The result of Father Spitzer's labors is the most beautiful, inspiring, and awesome collection of multi-disciplinary proofs of a Creator and an ultimate creation event, giving a profound and unshakeable legitimacy to the foundations of theism that our world desperately craves.

I ironically sought out Father Spitzer's work after reading another work by a very prominent modern physicist proclaiming that all of existence as we know it can be explained without making recourse to a God or Creator. My studies as an engineer and a Catholic have always led me to the belief that the fields of modern physics (especially the branches concerned with universal origin) and modern faith must be different sides of the same coin, since, if the Creator exists (as I have always believed), then all modern physical studies and theories of the natural world (the product of His creation) can only ultimately affirm His presence.
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133 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Robert on September 3, 2010
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Here's the ultimate praise any reviewer could give: "I wish I could have written that". I was particularly impressed by the use of the Second Law of Thermodynamics argument and the Borde-Guth-Vilenkin theorem about finite past time in all reasonable cosmologies, to demonstrate a beginning for the Universe. With regard to the anthropic coincidences that are used to demonstrate an intelligent designer for our universe, Fr. Spitzer's exposition has the virtue of being focused and well organized, in contrast to some others on this subject, where the coincidences are piled one on top of another, until at the 378th coincidence one's eyes begin to glaze. And he has the ethos of science nailed down, that is to say, he marks science as an empirical enterprise that can give evidence for an intelligent designer (that is, be a sign-post to God), but, unlike metaphysics, cannot "prove" the existence of God.

The philosophy was heavy going for me, but presented clearly and convincingly. (The second and third readings will be even more valuable I assume.) I was particularly impressed by Fr. Spitzer's demonstration of an unconditioned reality ("First Cause"?) and by the categorization of the several kinds of infinity, and why Hilbert disavowed Kantor's infinite set theory (the Hotel that can never be filled?). Thank you Fr. Spitzer; I'm looking forward to your next book on the intersection of science, philosophy and faith, in which some of the topics that couldn't be covered in detail in "New Proofs" might be discussed: evolution, mind and soul, and quantum mysteries.
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