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

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Apr 15, 2010 - Religion - 319 pages
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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.

"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 ¨ it's a gripping and compelling account of the best current arguments for theism."¨Joseph W. Koterski, S.J., Foidham 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, author of Modern Physics and Ancient Faith
 

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User Review  - frflorentine - LibraryThing

Definitely enjoying the proofs presented from a cosmological standpoint but now there's a lot to research to make sure he's using valid references. The difficulty today with proofs and apologetics is ... Read full review

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User Review  - spbooks - LibraryThing

A brilliant and definitive set of proofs for the existence of God (as defined in the arguments) showing that such belief is reasonable and responsible. The author is meticulous and rigorous. The best ... Read full review

Contents

II Proof of the Existence of God
153
IIA There Must Be at Least One Unconditioned Reality
154
IIB An Unconditioned Reality Must Be Unrestricted Intelligibility
156
IIC Unrestricted Intelligibility Must Be Unique One and Only One
163
IID Unique Unrestricted Intelligibility Must Be an Unrestricted Act of Understanding Understanding Itself
168
IIE All Other Intelligibility Besides the One Unrestricted Act of Understanding Must Be Restricted and Be a Thought Content of the One Unrestricted ...
172
IIF Conclusion to the Proof
174
Proof of a Creator of Past Time Introduction
177

V Metaphysical Implications
44
Indications of Supernatural Design in Contemporary Big Bang Cosmology
47
I Universal Constants
52
IA Constants of Space and Time
53
IB Energy Constants
55
ID LargeScale and FineStructure Constants
56
II The Extreme Improbability of Our Anthropic Universe
57
III Many Universes or Supernatural Design?
67
CONCLUSION TO PART ONE
73
Inflationary Cosmology and the String Multiverse
75
IA String Cosmologies Entail a Beginning and a Transcendent Cause
77
IA2 SteinhardtTurok Cyclic Ekpyrotic Universes Require a Beginning and a Transcendent Cause
80
IA3 GasperiniVeneziano PreBigBang Scenarios Require a Beginning and a Transcendent Cause
81
IB Deflationary Intermezzo for Strings
83
II A Preliminary Assessment of Inflationary Cosmology
84
III All Inflationary and NonInflationary Cosmologies Appear to Require a Beginning and Transcendent Cause
86
IV Inflation and Cosmological FineTuning
87
V FineTuning and String Cosmology
90
VI Conclusion
102
Three Philosophical Proofs for the Existence of God
105
A Metaphysical Argument for Gods Existence
110
Proof of the Existence of at Least One Unconditioned Reality
111
IA2 Consequences of the Complete Disjunction
112
IB Proof That Hypothesis F Must Be False for Any Conditioned Reality CR
114
IC Proof That Hypothesis F Must Be False for Any Conditioned Reality CR
116
ID Proof That a Circular Set of Conditions Is False for Any CR
117
There Must Exist at Least One Unconditioned Reality in All Reality
119
IF Another Refutation of Hypothesis UR
120
Proof That Unconditioned Reality Itself Is the Simplest Possible Reality
121
IIA The Principle of Simplicity
122
IIB Unconditioned Reality Itself Must Be the Simplest Possible Reality
128
Proof of the Absolute Uniqueness of Unconditioned Reality Itself
132
Proof That Unconditioned Reality Itself Is Unrestricted
135
Proof That the One Unconditioned Reality Is the Continuous Creator of All Else That Is
140
VB The Creator Must Continuously Create All Else That Is Real
142
Conclusion
143
A Lonerganian Proof for Gods Existence Introduction
144
I Definitions of Understanding and Intelligibility
146
I An Analytical Contradiction
180
II An Ontological Explanation of Real Time
183
IIA Description Scientific Explanation and Ontological Explanation
185
IIB An Ontological Explanation of Space
186
IIC Real Time
187
IIC2 Real Time as a NonContemporaneous Distensive Manifold
188
IIC3 Time as the Limiting Condition of Existence
189
IIC4 The Succession of Time and the Asymmetry of Events
191
IIC5 Manifestations of Real Time
193
III Hilberts Prohibition of Actual Infinities
197
IIIB The Mathematical Prohibition of CInfinities
201
IV A Formal Argument Against the Infinity of Past Time in Any Changeable Universe
204
V Proof of a Creator of Past Time Which Is Not Itself Conditioned by Time
210
Conclusion
215
Methodological Considerations and the Impossibility of Disproving God
216
IA Complete Disjunction Within Metaphysical Assertions
217
IB The Notion of Infinity
219
IC Causality
220
II Three Approaches to the Notion of God
225
III The Impossibility of Disproving the Existence of God
229
IV The Tenuous Rationality of Atheism
232
The Transcendentals The Divine and Human Mysteries
239
The Divine Mystery Five Transcendentals
242
II The Ontological Status of Love the Good and the Beautiful
245
IIA The Ontological Status of Love
246
IIB The Ontological Status of the Good
248
IIC The Ontological Status of the Beautiful
253
Conclusion to the Chapter
257
The Human Mystery Five Yearnings for the Ultimate
259
II The Desire for Perfect Love
266
III The Desire for Perfect JusticeGoodness
268
IV The Desire for Perfect Beauty
277
V The Desire for Perfect Home
281
THE DIVINE AND HUMAN MYSTERIES
285
Five Questions Toward the Unconditional Love of God
287
References
292
Index
308
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Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., former president of Gonzaga University, is founder and president of the Magis Institute for Faith and Reason, Irvine, California, and host of a popular series on FWTN. His other books include Healing the Culture, The Spirit of Leadership, and Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life.

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