Fr. Robert Spitzer is a gifted speaker, scientist, and theologian. I am pleased to write about Fr. Spitzer in honor of Support A Catholic Speaker Month. Support A Catholic Speaker Month was started this year by Brandon Vogt to bring to light the top 100 Catholic Speakers today in the Church. Brandon started an on-line poll and received over 82,000 votes to determine the list and he then made a request to all the Catholic Bloggers to pick a speaker to feature in their blog.
Father Spitzer received his Doctorate of Philosophy from the Catholic University of America and is a world-renowned scholar, author, and lecturer, who went on to serve as President of Gonzaga University, and founded seven major national institutes, and helped produce a number of television series for EWTN. Father Spitzer currently heads the Magis Institute, an organization dedicated to public education on the relationship among the disciplines of physics, philosophy, reason, and faith, and the Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership, which works with corporations, individuals and nonprofit organizations in the area of ethics education.
Father Spitzer has recently produced two projects that are great contributions to the Catholic Faith that use science, religion, and reason to explain life and the universe. Fr. Spitzer is uniquely qualified to speak about issues for science and faith, and is able to bring complicated issues to a common man’s understanding. First, Fr. Spitzer wrote a must-read book entitled Ten Universal Principles. Father Spitzer elegantly shows in his book that these ten principles are needed to help make the case for right to life, death penalty, poverty, marriage, and immigration issues that are close to the heart of Christians and Catholics, but also apply to all societies. Father Spitzer brings to life many examples in history that help make his point. He makes excellent references to compare the Dred Scott Decision with the Roe v. Wade Decision, and the need for personhood to be established by the courts and also using modern science and genetics. I wrote more about the Ten Universal Principles from his talk this past January in a previous blog.
What is exciting is that Ten Universal Principles has been turned into a High School curriculum from Healing The Culture called Principles and Choices. Healing the Culture helps people fully integrate pro-life ideals into the way they think, and how they live their lives. Its philosophical approach to education encourages students to embrace deep and meaningful definitions of human happiness, freedom and rights; and helps them choose to live by universal principles of reason, ethics and justice. The four-year high-school program not only applies these principles to abortion, but also to other life issues such as euthanasia; physician-assisted suicide; and human cloning. Principles and Choices includes state-of-the-art, multimedia learning tools that are unmatched in visual appeal, contemporary resources, and depth of content.
The second project that Fr. Spitzer has is a great documentary movie called Cosmic Origins. This documentary masterfully shows the universe and its origins with interviews from the most acclaimed scientists and in the context of theology through insights from Fr. Spitzer. He has just released this documentary on DVD including a 3D BluRay edition, and I highly recommend you purchase this for your family, parish, and school.
Cosmic Origins Trailer:
Healing The Culture (Changing the Way People Look at Life)