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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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— Fordham University
"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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— Baylor University
"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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— University of Delaware
"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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of our time...God Bless Fr. Spitzer....Have to watch his Fr.
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Additionaly, he surveys the basis for intelligent design. He reviews the history of the twenty (20) universal constants and the extremely small variance that can exist from them to permit the universe we actually live in to exist. Then Father Spitzer describes Roger Penrose's number. When you the divide the total entropy of the universe 123*log10 by the total phase space volume 10*log10^101 you get a probability of 10*log10^123 to 1. It is a very big number insuring that a million monkeys will never randomly type out the rules for the universe.
The basic argument for the rest of book proceeds as any true metaphysical statement must, first from a physical truth that the universe has a beginning (BVG theorem) to the metaphysical statement that nothing comes from nothing (Parmenides) and nothing ever will (Rogers & Hammerstein). The conclusion must be that there is a creator.
The middle of the book covers a modern development of the classical proofs for the existence of God. Father Spitzer substitutes the modern concept of an unconditioned reality for the "first cause" of Aristotle and St Thomas Aquinas. Plato's concept of the "simple" as unconstrained is given a modern scientific foundation in field theory. Father Spitzer explains how constrained protons and electrons emerge from the "simpler" electromagnetic field and that this field and the space-time field (gravity) should emerge from the simpler, less constrained, and yet more powerful high energy unified field theory when it is discovered. Ultimately the final field emerges from the unique, simple, totally unconstrained, pure act, the Creator.
Finally, Father Spitzer moves beyond Thomist arguments to argue for the creator of past time. For this argument he introduces Hilbert's analysis of the infinite and a modern mathematician's limitation of the infinite including Cantor Sets to mathematics and the prohibition of actualized infinities (i.e. physical infinite sets).
The book concludes with the philosophical look at the Truth, the Beauty, the Good, and the Love that emerge from the simple and unconstrained intelligibility of the creator. The spiritual implications are treated last.
The book is well footnoted and provides references to both accessible and popular texts that will provide detailed explanations of the many topics that Father Spitzer handles rigorously but necessarily at a survey level and only quickly reviewed here.
Initially, I hesitated to read the book thinking it might become just another disjointed survey. Instead I found a rigorous and expansive survey of the state of modern scientific cosmology. The description leaves you with the conviction that the current world view of astrophysics including the "Big Bang," general relativity theory, and quantum field theory, provides the friendliest intellectual foundation for the rational proof of the existence of God that man has yet discovered.