This introductory week of the course will explore questions pertaining to what, if any, the limits of scientific evidence are and whether such evidence provides support for a beginning and design of our universe. The Big Bang Theory will also be addressed including its discovery, what if any confirmations there are of this theory as well as what this theory says about our universe and its matter, energy and age.
run time: 48 mins
The central theme of this week will proceed from the question: what is the significance of a beginning in physics and cosmology? This topic will explore the point at which the universe came into existence, the axiom “from nothing, only nothing comes” as well as the relationships between “a beginning” and a creator/transcendent power. Non-standard speculations about a pre-Big-Bang universe will also be considered including the oscillating universe theory and the multiverse theory.
run time: 53 mins
In this session Fr. Spitzer will explain what both fine-tuning and an anthropic universe are. This will include discussion of low entropy, the Penrose Number, universal constants, the Hoyle-Fowler discovery and supernatural design.
run time: 49 mins
Is the Bible doing science? If not, then what was the biblical author doing? What is the contemporary view of the creation and evolution of the universe? What about evolution? Can human beings be explained by an evolutionary (biophysical) process alone? This final week of the course will explore these themes as well as the evidence for survival of human consciousness after death.
run time: 64 mins