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Fr. Spitzer to Explain Creation, Big Bang Cosmology in U. Dallas Lecture

The University of Dallas will host Father Robert Spitzer, SJ, on campus for the 32nd Annual Aquinas Lecture on January 28th, the University announced.

Fr. Spitzer will deliver a lecture on the topic of "The Evidence of Creation from Contemporary Big Bang Cosmology: Extending the Legacy of Monsignor Georges Lemaître."  The University of Dallas describes Fr. Spitzer, president of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith, as a "[n]ationally recognized authority on the transcendent implications of contemporary astrophysics."

The University reports:

"The UD community is delighted to welcome Fr. Spitzer to discuss the legacy of Msgr. Lemaître, who first formulated the Big Bang hypothesis," said Philipp Rosemann, professor of philosophy and department chair.

Spitzer served as president of Gonzaga University for 11 years before joining the Magis Center. He has debated God and physics with Stephen Hawking on Larry King Live and euthanasia on NBC's Today Show. A scholar whose academic interests include the philosophy of science and metaphysics, Spitzer earned a doctorate in philosophy from the Catholic University of America.

Christopher Mirus, associate professor of philosophy and director of the university's philosophy and history of science program, will deliver a response to Spitzer's lecture immediately afterwards.

The University of Dallas is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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