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“The Catholic Church has been a true friend to the natural sciences throughout its history from Nicolaus Copernicus to Gregor Mendel to Nicolas Steno and to Monsignor Georges Lemaître who discovered the Big Bang Theory. Unfortunately, the popular media has suggested that the evidence for God is subsiding from the domain of contemporary science and philosophy. However, four recent developments in physical cosmology militate against this, pointing not only to a transcendent cause beyond physical reality itself, but also to the probable intelligence of that cause:
1. The Borde-Vilenkin-Guth Proof of a beginning of all expanding cosmologies,
2. The new evidence from entropy indicating a beginning of our universe as well as any other universe or multiverse acting as a physical system subject to the Second Law of Thermodynamics,
3. The fine-tuning required for exceedingly low entropy (necessary for life forms) at the Big Bang,
4. The fine-tuning necessary for twelve universal constants to have the precise values needed for an anthropic universe (making possible the development of life forms).
Father Spitzer will discuss these four kinds of evidence and their vast applicability not only to our universe, but other hypothetical models of physical reality (such as multiverses and universes in the higher-dimensional space of string theory). He will also examine the multiverse hypothesis as a potential alternative to an intelligent creator.”
Fr. Spitzer is a Catholic Priest in the Jesuit order (Society of Jesus) and is currently the President of the Magis Center (http://www.magiscenter.com/) and the Spitzer Center. Magis Center produces documentaries, books, high school curricula, adult-education curricula, and new media materials to show the close connection between faith and reason in contemporary astrophysics, philosophy, and the historical study of the New Testament. Magis Center provides rational responses to false, but popular, secular myths.