By Peter Tormey
Father Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., who left Gonzaga University as its 25th president one year ago this month, is working as hard as ever in his new initiative to educate the public, especially youth, about the complementary nature of faith and reason. He’s written another book, too, as part of his efforts to promote the common good in contemporary culture.
Fr. Spitzer is focusing his scholarly work at the Magis Center of Reason and Faith, which he founded in Irvine, Calif., on the latest discoveries in astrophysics and their implications for the existence of a Creator. His book, titled “New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy,” is to be released July 30 by Eerdmans Publishing Company.
Fr. Spitzer also is developing a documentary featuring Nobel Prize Laureate Arno Penzias, along with several other distinguished physicists, that explores considerable evidence uncovered in both physics and philosophy over the past four decades, which he says supports belief in the existence of God. The documentary is scheduled for release this fall.
With the increased popularity of recent books championing agnosticism or atheism, Fr. Spitzer said many people may be unaware such books almost completely ignore the evidence he has uncovered. “New Proofs for the Existence of God” responds to these glaring omissions, Fr. Spitzer said.
In this, “Year of the Priest” in the Catholic Church, view Fr. Spitzer’s talk on the Priestly Vocation at the following link.