Fr. Robert Spitzer to Speak


Fr. Robert Spitzer will discuss “Science, Reason, and…Faith?” in the Memorial Chapel April 23.

This free event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Spitzer will address the traditional conflict between faith and science, and how there is evidence for creation and transcendence in contemporary science.

“We have been working in conjunction with Holy Name of Jesus [Parish] to get him here,” Peter Tupou of the Office of the Chaplain said. “We felt with all the media attention that the Bill Nye versus Ken Ham debate on Creationism got back in February, it would be nice to follow up with another perspective on a much broader view of faith in the context of science or science in the context of faith. We felt this is something that people are thinking about and is important to the way we live.”

Spitzer is a Catholic priest in the Jesuit order, as well as an author, philosopher, and president of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith in Irvine. He was president of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009, and has appeared on “Larry King Live,” “Today,” “God and the Universe,” and PBS’ “Closer to the Truth.”

“People can expect that the speaker is a scholar from his credentials and speaks from a place of knowledge and compassion understanding the world as it is today through technology,” Tupou said.

Everyone is welcome to attend Spitzer’s presentation.

“This is for anyone, student, staff, faculty or community person, interested in the bigger questions about the meaning of life and how controversial issues of faith seem to conflict with scientific understanding,” Tupou said.

Posted: April 9, 2014


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