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placeholder Five decades
of leadership

Bishop Floyd Begin,
a bridge builder for all

Oakland diocese's
first parish celebrates
its jubilee, too

The first priest
of the diocese

Commitment to a demanding life

Bishop Begin:
Blessed beginning, blessed ending

Fond memories of Bishop Floyd L. Begin

'Where were you …'

Pastoral Council made diocese a leader in giving laity a voice

Interfaith good feeling, openness part of our diocesan heritage

Housing to rise at former cathedral site

At Cooper Chapel, building community, Catholic identity

'Community' crypts provide peace of mind

Stewardship of the end-of-life

Institute aims to refute atheist influence in science

New film tells story of Cristero War


Catholic population at nearly 59 million in 2010

Religious freedom rally set for June 8

Fundraiser on May 26 for Haitian children

Visitation of the
Blessed Virgin:
What it means for us

50 years later, still answering Fatima questions

Magnificat Maternal Health: Mission to protect women in childbirth

Special collection
for Catholic Communication

Parishes lifeblood
of the diocese

placeholder May 21, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 9   •   Oakland, CA
Revs. Bryan Kromholtz, OP, of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley; Jeffrey Keyes, CPPS, pastor at St. Edward Parish; and Robert J. Spitzer, SJ, before the showing of "Cosmic Origins."
Rev. Jeffrey Keyes PHoto

Institute aims to refute atheist influence in science

"A terrible error is being propagated — that science and faith are not compatible," states Jesuit Rev. Robert J. Spitzer.

Father Spitzer is president of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith in Irvine. He was president of Gonzaga University in Spokane from 1998-2009. He introduced a documentary, "Cosmic Origins," that played to a full house of about 200 people on April 19 at St. Edward Parish in Newark.

Magis Institute
"Cosmic Origins"
One in a series of educational videos
3D ($24.95) and traditional formats ($19.95)
"New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy,"
Robert J. Spitzer, paperback, 320 pages, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2010.
Father Spitzer is author of "New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy," and four other books. Among his focus areas: the philosophy of science — space-time theory and big bang cosmology and metaphysics, particularly time theory and the philosophy of God.

The movie "Cosmic Origins" features eight leading physicists talking about science, God and their compatibility.

"Atheists have had the ear of the media," Father Spitzer says, so the physical evidence is being ignored. "It's stunning. There's considerable evidence for the existence of God."

"Everything has a beginning," Father Spitzer said in an animated and entertaining presentation. Atheists argue that before the beginning of the universe there was nothing, he said, yet "How can the universe go from nothing to something. … It implies creation."

The Magis Institute is focused on public education in the areas of faith and science. It has developed high school and college courses, and engages in public outreach, via documentaries and books.

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