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New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy [Paperback]

Robert J. Spitzer
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1 Sep 2010
Responding to contemporary popular atheism, Robert J. Spitzer's New Proofs for the Existence of God examines the considerable evidence for God and creation that has come to light from physics and philosophy during the last forty years. An expert in diverse areas, including theology, physics, metaphysics, and ethics, Spitzer offers in this text the most contemporary, complete, and integrated approach to rational theism currently available. - AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS - Catholic Press Association, First Place, Faith and Sciences (2011)

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co (1 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802863833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802863836
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 16.3 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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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.'' --Joseph W. Koterski, S.J., Fordham 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.'' --Francis J. Beckwith, Baylor University

''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.'' --Stephen M. Barr, University of Delaware

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Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., former president of Gonzaga University, is founder and president of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith, Irvine, California. His books include Healing the Culture, The Spirit of Leadership, and Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Arguments 17 Dec 2013
By Sam
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The arguments presented in this book are well researched, well argued, clearly presented, and fascinating. If you are unfamiliar with the style of argument employed by many Neo-Thomists, it can be a bit of an odd read, but the structure creates a great deal of clarity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Proofs for the Existence of God 11 Sep 2013
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New Proofs for the Existence of God offers a beautifully lucid system of reasoning demonstrating not only the existence, but also the necessity of God.
Throughout the first chapters of the book, Spitzer shows how contemporary science strengthens the idea of a continuous and wilful act of creation. Frequently the new atheists co-opt science for their own ends, asserting that science and belief in God are irreconcilable. However, the view Spitzer takes here is that the two are harmonious, given a proper understanding of what science is actually showing us and how this in turn relates to a classical understanding of what God is: not simply a being among many, but the sheer act of to be itself. Or ipsum esse subsistens, as Aquinas states.
The second part presents three philosophical arguments for the existence of God. Whilst the philosophical reasoning is at times heavy, it is nonetheless rewarding upon completion. Even if the reader is not totally convinced, this section will at least extirpate the charge that belief in God is irrational, with no basis in reason or reality. For those who are open-minded, it may initiate a process of deeper contemplation, leading to the conclusion that there may in fact be a Being whose raison d'Ítre is simply 'to be', who is the continuous creator of all else that is.
The last part of the book concerns the transcendentals. By far the most interesting and enjoyable section of the book, it deals with the properties of the being as proven in part two, viz. that it is truth itself, love itself, justice/goodness itself, beauty itself, and being itself; and how we as humans relate to such mysteries.
Overall it is a challenging read which engages the mind. It at least deserves consideration as a great work of contemporary reasoning, which demonstrates the validity of a belief in God.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking. 29 May 2013
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This books deals with cosmology; astrophysics; quantum physics and philosophy in the reasoning for the existence of God or a super intelligence. I was able to hold my own until I reached the philosophy part of the book - where I could not grasp the author's philosophical reasoning as I just did not understand it My weakness not his.

On the basis on the first three aspects I referred to I would recommend this book and leave you to draw you own conclusions from some very cogent reasoned arguments .
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Evidence for the Existence of God. 16 May 2011
By rossuk
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I hate the word "proofs" when it means "evidence" for the existence of God. I would admit that the 20th century has become more God friendly scientifically, with the Big Bang model which was really only accepted because of the discovery of the cosmic microwave background radiation in 1965 and with the Anthropic Principle, a word first coined by Brandon Carter in 1974 i.e. the fine-tuning of the physical constants. The Big Bang implies that the universe had a beginning and therefore needed a cause. When it comes to the big questions on cosmology atheism is left floundering. Spitzer covers these and more in great detail, including three philosophical 'proofs' for the existence of God. This is an important and long overdue book. The book is in three parts:

1. Indications of Creation and Supernatural Design in Contemporary Big Bang Cosmology.
2. Three Philosophical Proofs for the Existence of God.
3. The Transcendentals: The Divine and Human Mysteries.

This book will be appreciated by those with a science background (especially physics), or who understand the Anthropic Principle; I cannot comment on the philosophical arguments as that is not my field.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Theology and physics 28 May 2011
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Tough going on the technical side, but an excellent critique of modern cosmological theories and the metaphysical implications that flow from them.
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