Father Spitzer: God revealing himself to scientists through his ‘perfectly-designed-for-life universe’


Father Robert Spitzer, SJ, delivers the opening keynote address at the inaugural Wonder Conference on Jan. 13, 2023. / Credit: Word on Fire/Screenshot

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 13, 2023 / 16:00 pm (CNA).

The universe we live in is “fine-tuned,” scientifically speaking, to make it perfect for life — so much so that the odds of our universe appearing due to random chance are the same as the odds of a monkey, banging indiscriminately on a typewriter, creating the entire corpus of Shakespeare.

So says Father Robert Spitzer, who explains that the universe is “enormously improbable … it’s almost impossible to explain how this could have happened by pure chance” without invoking the idea of an intelligent Creator.

Moreover, Spitzer says he believes scientific arguments for God’s existence are starting to win over even professional scientists.

“Young scientists are more open to God than ever before,” the Jesuit priest asserted.

Spitzer, the popular host of the EWTN show “Father Spitzer’s Universe,” delivered Friday’s keynote address for the opening of the Wonder Conference, organized by the Catholic media apostolate Word on Fire, which kicked off today in Grapevine, Texas.

Citing a Pew Research study, Spitzer said that despite the many young people leaving organized religion, young scientists are, on the whole, becoming more likely to say they believe in God, or at least a higher power.

In the survey Spitzer cited, two-thirds of scientists aged 35 and younger declared themselves believers in God or a higher transcendent power. Overall, 51% of all scientists surveyed believe in God, a figure that is “trending upwards, not down,” Spitzer said.

Spitzer also noted that in recent years, several prominent atheist scientists on the world stage — such as Richard Dawkins — are now claiming to be agnostic. The reason for this, Spitzer believes, is that “evidence is starting to emerge” about God’s existence, buoyed by scientific discovery.

“God is being very, very crafty here. And he’s slowly lifting the veil,” Spitzer said.

“Science is pointing to a Creator … I think this has been awaiting discovery for many, many years,” Spitzer told the in-person crowd and those watching online.

Spitzer went on to provide evidence for his claim in the form of “factoids” about the “fine-tuning” of the universe, which he said provided evidence that the universe was designed by a higher intelligence, and not assembled in a random fashion by natural forces.

For example, scientists can measure the “entropy,” or level of disorder, in the universe. The level of entropy in our universe is extremely low — any higher, and life could never have developed, Spitzer said.

The odds against a “low entropy” universe, like we have, are the ones mentioned above with the monkey and typewriters example — so unlikely as to be utterly absurd. There are dozens of other examples of certain cosmological constants appearing to be “fine-tuned” in this way, the priest said.

Putting it all together, our universe is “enormously improbable.” We live in an “incredibly difficult to explain, perfectly-designed-for-life universe,” he reiterated.

Physicists’ main God-less explanation at the moment, Spitzer said, is called fractal multiverse theory, which was conceived of in 2006. That theory posits that there are an infinite number of eternal “bubble” universes, not just one universe. Thus, with an infinite number of universes to play with, anything that is possible can and will happen — even the design of our own universe.

But this theory does not explain where these infinite universes came from, Spitzer said. For cosmologists, there is now “no escape. They must confront the problem of a beginning.”

There is really only “one explanation left … that we have a Creator,” Spitzer said. And through Catholicism, mankind can “encounter the God we created that universe,” he concluded.

The inaugural Wonder Conference, taking place at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, is billed as an “opportunity to engage with theologians and other experts on important issues at the intersection of the Catholic faith and secular culture.” The conference features talks from both religious scholars and scientists, as well as from Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, the founder and face of Word on Fire.

“A perceived incompatibility between faith and science has led to a rise in the number of religiously unaffiliated. This perception runs counter to the experience of the Catholic tradition, which conveys the beautiful harmony between faith and science,” the website for the conference says.

Prospective attendees can join the virtual sessions of the Wonder Conference by signing up to join the Word on Fire Institute here. A monthly $27 membership fee applies.

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  1. The poetic majesty in which God describes creation and the gift of the branches of science that He has offered to mankind.

    Colossians 1:16-17 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

    Isaiah 40:22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;

    Isaiah 40:12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?

    Psalm 104:5 He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved.

    An earthquake is like a bump in the road, afterward the earth remains stable. We can count on natural phenomenon that we perceive from day to day

    1 Thessalonians 5:21 But test everything; hold fast what is good.

    Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

    Amos 9:6 Who builds his upper chambers in the heavens and founds his vault upon the earth; who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth— the Lord is his name.

    .Blessings of knowledge and understanding, of insight and discernment and of wisdom from God!

  2. Not sure, here, about the monkey analogy….At this very moment a couple dozen “experts” have hammered out on the keyboard an ostensibly non-contradictory “synthesis” from over 100 national synods, all to the point of reordering (!) the divinely established ecclesial universe, in 2023 and 2024. To the same end, we could have saved some money and time by simply requisitioning some Underwood typewriters for the Berlin Zoo in synodal Germania…

    But, as for the scientists and such, for whom double-speak is less revered, and whom I’ve randomly (!) noticed, here are four thoughts from among them:

    Exhibit #1: A particle physicist (William Oerter) concludes his work with this quotation from a colleague: “[I think] that as we learn many additional facts, we will also come to comprehend more clearly how much we don’t know—and, let us hope, learn an appropriate humility [!].” But, what then of infinite Progress?

    Exhibit #2: Oerter adds: “There is a possibility, then that the origin of the universe could be explained as a transition from a state with no spacetime to a state with a spacetime like ours: a real creation ex nihilo [!].” Thomas Aquinas in a lab coat!

    Exhibit #3: Smaller still, the string theorist Brian Greene suspects that even cosmology may have its outer limits: “Maybe we will have to accept that certain features of the universe are the way they are because of happenstance, accident, or divine choice[!]”. What, not “necessity” after all, or rather, before all?

    Exhibit #4: It might be that even Isaac Asimov, the science fiction writer, understood better than many scientists what we are really dealing with, both large and small: “I believe that scientific knowledge has fractal properties; that no matter how much we learn, whatever is left, however small it may seem, is just as infinitely complex as the whole was to start with. That, I think, is the secret of the Universe.” What, not alternatives universes, but a really deep and single universe?

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