Contemporary physics proves there’s a God, says Jesuit Fr. Robert Spitzer
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Robert J. Spitzer, "Indications of Supernatural Design in Contemporary Big Bang Cosmology", Journal of Ultimate Reality and Meaning 27.4 (Dec 2004): 265-287.
Robert J. Spitzer, "Indications
of Creation in Contemporary Big Bang Cosmology", in William R. Stoeger,
SJ, Michael Heller, and Jozef M. Zycinski (eds.), Philosophy in Science,
Vol. 10 [Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at the Vatican Conservatory] (Tucson,
AZ: Pachart Publishing House, 2003), pp. 35-106.
The probative force of classical Big Bang cosmology's contention of "a highly improbable set of initial conditions betokening a creation with an underlying supernatural plan" was weakened by current developments in the Big Bang model. Four recent discoveries allowed for the possibility of an infinitely existing pre-Big Bang unified era and an infinitely extended non-observable universe: 1) an inflationary era, 2) vacuum energy intrinsic to that era, 3) difficulties with the singularity hypothesis, and 4) the probability of a pre-Big Bang unified era. This article will use philosophical (Hilbertian and ontological) arguments to establish the finitude of universal past time and the space of the non-observable universe. This combination of philosophical and physical disciplines will reveal the highly complex interrelated (and improbable) initial conditions of the unified era necessary for its unfolding into multiple GTR eras (including an inflationary era) ultimately giving rise to the current universe of gases, galaxies, and life forms. This should restore probative force to classical Big Bang cosmology's inference of an "underlying supernatural plan".
Robert J. Spitzer, "Indications of Creation in Contemporary Astrophysics", Journal of Ultimate Reality and Meaning: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Philosophy of Understanding, 24.3 (Sept 2001): 208-254.
Robert J. Spitzer, "Proofs for the Existence of God Part I: A Metaphysical
Argument", International Philosophical Quarterly 41.2 (June 2001):
This article integrates contemporary insights from the famous mathematician, David Hilbert, quantum and relativity physics, and Lonergan's view of the unconditioned into a metaphysical argument for God's existence. It consists in five logical proofs: (1) there must exist at least one unconditioned existent, (2) such an unconditioned existent must be absolutely simple, (3) an absolutely simple existent must be absolutely unique, (4) an absolutely simple existent must be unrestricted (without magnitude), and (5) this Reality must be the continuous creator of all else that is. Denial of any of these conclusions will result in either an intrinsic contradiction or a denial of the existence of everything.
Robert J. Spitzer, "Proofs for the Existence of God Part II: A Cosmological
Argument and a Lonerganian Argument", International Philosophical Quarterly
41.3 (Sept 2001): 305-331.
This article presents three new proofs for the existence of God. Though grounded in insights from Plato and Aristotle, they are given greater probative force through contemporary physics, mathematics, and logic. The first proof uses mathematician David Hilbert's "proofs of the impossibility of an achieved infinity of sequential parts" to demonstrate the impossibility of infinite past time. This is then used to demonstrate the existence of a "Creator of the universe which is not conditioned by past time." The second proof uses contemporary quantum physics to expand the notion of "causality," which is used to demonstrate a "unique, unrestricted, absolutely simple First Cause of all else that is." The third proof sets the second proof into a Lonerganian context, and demonstrates the existence of a "unique, completely intelligible, unrestricted act of understanding which is the First Cause of the intelligibility of all else that is."
Robert J. Spitzer, "Definitions of Real Time and Ultimate Reality", Journal of Ultimate Reality and Meaning: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Philosophy of Understanding 23.3 (Sept 2000): 260-276.
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