During the waning decades of the 20th Century, and the first decade of the 21st Century, physics and philosophy have made remarkable progress. These advancements, however, and how they point to the likelihood of singular creator of all that is, are often ignored or unknown by those who conduct the public debate about atheism at the popular level. This is true for both sides of the debate which routinely recycle old arguments again and again.
New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy by theologian Robert Spitzer adopts a new tone however. he spends less time directly addressing apologetic concerns and instead lays out the evidence for a creator that Physics has uncovered and then synthesizes these findings with classical Christian proofs of God and the discoveries of modern philosophy; a discipline that is making its own remarkable shift towards theism.
In this intellectually stimulating and challenging book, Spitzer examines these advances while outlining how they complement traditional rational arguments (e.g. Anselm) for the existence of God. In the process Spitzer responds to more recent arguments for atheism, but his primary project is not apologetic; rather it is deductive, descriptive, and informative. This allows him the space to make positive and creative arguments within the traditional theistic proofs offered by the historic Christian church that are informed by the most recent advancements in physics and philosophy.
Spitzer synthesizes an enormous amount of data on the big bang, string theory, quantum cosmology, post-relativistic considerations of time, and so on, to explain why the God hypothesis is so convincing, especially when modern physics is combined with theistic arguments. In doing so Spitzer, a natural polymath, accesses a wide diversity of areas, including theology, physics, metaphysics, ethics, and more in this book to provide the most contemporary, complete, and integrated approach to rational theism.
"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.
"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
"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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