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New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy Paperback – June 29, 2010
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"Skepticism about the possibility of proving the existence of God often relies on data from modern science. In this splendid new book Father Robert Spitzer explores the implications of the latest discoveries in big bang cosmology, string theory, quantum physics, and the ontology of time to craft a series of convincing philosophical arguments. To paraphrase a popular commercial, this is not your father's old 'natural theology' textbook this is a gripping and compelling account of the best current arguments for theism."
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"A most original and insightful case for the existence of God. . . Fr. Spitzer's new proofs pose a serious and compelling challenge to the unconscious hegemony of naturalism in the worlds of both philosophy and the sciences."
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"Rare is the theologian who keeps abreast of the latest developments in fundamental physics, and even rarer the one who can discuss them with the theological and philosophical sophistication that Fr. Spitzer displays in this book. A challenging and original work.""
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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.Read more ›
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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Very convincing. Should be read by Christians, skeptics, agnostics and atheists.Published 2 months ago by Karen D. Manzo
Have only read it in bits and pieces, but it's a great compendium of classic arguments and new takes on them.Published 4 months ago by drjps
If you have followed developments in modern physics and also have an interest in philosophy, this book is for you. The author clearly has deep knowledge in both fields. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Daniel W. Gaskill
Very thought provoking, even if much of it seems over your head. Worth the read, for sure. This isn't just about a god of the gaps. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Scott Wallisch