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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586174754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586174750
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Reinhard VINE VOICE on December 20, 2011
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When I first started reading Ten Universal Principles: A Brief Philosophy of the Life Issues, by Robert J. Spitzer, I was pretty sure my brain was breaking.

I kept going, though. It was too good not to. (I just couldn't read it, at first, at night-it was too easy to give up.)

I have no background with a classical education in the liberal arts. Until recently, I didn't see the need for it.

Though I love to read, I didn't get the reason for immersing myself in the classics and going back to read and study ancient texts. Don't we all just need a trade and a skill set? Isn't that what education is for?

I'm beginning to see that the root for the common wisdom that "if we don't know and understand history, we will have to repeat it" comes from a firm grounding in understanding things like philosophy. In order to know and understand history, I need to study things that are very old and that require a different mindset.

Spitzer's book is not easy reading, but it is, I believe, very necessary, especially if you want to understand the logic and the true horror of our non-logic in the culture of death that we're living in right now.

The subtitle of this book might make you think that it's focused only on abortion. (That's what I thought, anyway.) Wrong! Instead, what Spitzer does in this book is give a tutorial of sorts on ten principles that he calls universal.

They are universal because they are at the foundation of ethics and form the basis of our country. When our founding fathers wrote the documents that are at the core of who we believe we are, they took these principles for granted. So did their contemporaries, as a matter of fact.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Clarke on January 24, 2012
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Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., spends his time debating--convincingly debating--Stephen Hawking. In Ten Universal Principles: A Philosophy of the Life Issues, Spitzer turns toward the "logic" of Roe v. Wade. Abortion advocates stand no chance.

Ten Universal Principles (Ignatius Press, 2011)--accessible to anyone, written for everyone--serves multiple didactic purposes for Spitzer. It would be a great introductory philosophy text for epistemological and ethical ideas. It strengthens pro-lifers for debate, teaching them--and those on the fence--how to reason about life issues. Finally, in informing minds and winning hearts it will save lives.

Spitzer lays the philosophical framework for unborn rights through three principles of reason, pointing to verifiable research proving the zygote possesses a full human genome. Through three ethical principles, Spitzer emphasizes the Silver Rule, and why arguing that the unborn child has incomplete personhood is essentially the same argument made for enslaving the New World Indians. Through three natural rights principles, Spitzer unveils the court's folly in looking toward the Constitution (i.e., the wrong place) for inalienable rights, leaving the reader sizzling with similar indignation over Roe and Dred Scott. In the tenth principle, the Golden Rule, Spitzer relates the life issues to happiness, observing how our culture sacrifices "pervasive, enduring, deep" happiness for immediate gratification.

To my knowledge, there exists in print no refutation of the pro-abortion mind-set as solidly incontrovertible as Spitzer's. This book will transform dialogue between pro-lifers and their pro-abortion counterparts for years to come.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mac D. Culver on November 29, 2011
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With life issues becoming more of a concern in North America, Dr. Spitzer asks the correct questions and provided stimulation for formation of a Biblical worldview. A brief, forthright assessment of the philosophical issues of the age with ageless answers. This will hoepfully be a tool for many who desire to truly follow Jesus.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Leland White on February 22, 2012
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I'm a young adult who likes to educate himself in a well-rounded manner. This book really, REALLY increased my basic knowledge of philosophy, pro-life arguments, and basic life principles. A short, but sweet read, Mr. Spitzer takes you through logic, evidence, and reasoning to back the principles he presents. This is done without the necessity of a certain religion, which makes it more available to non-Christians or non-religious folk.

I learned a lot. I highlighted a lot. I found myself on dictionary.com a lot. But it was all worth it. I definitely recommend this book; I'll be buying it for my girlfriend.

P.S. p.65 is my favorite!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Walcott on January 24, 2012
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I am so deeply grateful for the information contained within this book. Many times, I have wanted to defend positions regarding life and the dignity of personhood but didn't have the insight or right words..

From experience, I have found that just going the religious route of persuasion in our secular world doesn't work. People--even Catholics, immediately just tune out your words as the spewings of a religious fanatic. However, using the principles of reason, ethics, justice and natural rights, and identity and culture to prove the point leads to a much more reasoned and intelligent discussions.

I am not an educated person so I also appreciated the text within the parentheses that is added throughout the book. It helps me understand more fully the points Fr. Spitzer is making.

I'll be re-reading the book to cement the principles in my mind. An outstanding read!!!
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