NASA Scientists, Nobel Laureates Discuss Creation in 'Cosmic Origins' Film

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  • A poster for the movie "Cosmic Origins" released by Fr. Robert J. Spitzer in June 2012.
    (Photo: Ignatius.com)
    A poster for the movie "Cosmic Origins" released by Fr. Robert J. Spitzer in June 2012.
By Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post Reporter
June 21, 2012|11:20 am

A new investigative film seeking to answer one of life's most mysterious questions has brought together a team of experts, ranging from NASA scientists and Nobel Prize recipients, to share their perspectives on creation from a Roman Catholic worldview.

"Has science really disproven the existence of God? No – but for generations many scientists have ignored the concept of creation because doing otherwise would raise the question…of a Creator," a synopsis for the film proposes. "Today, however, we have compelling evidence – from science itself – for a beginning and fine-tuning of the universe. The insights are complementary, and that very fact provides evidence of a transcendent, intelligent Creator."

The 49-minute film, from Executive Producer Fr. Robert Spitzer and Ignatius Press, features a number of experts exploring how modern scientific theories try to answer the question of how life and the universe began, and promises that "viewers (will) learn that modern scientific paths point toward a very Catholic understanding of how we came to be."

"The Universe, when it was nothing, could not have created itself. There are limits to the scientific method, but the limits to this method do not coincide with the limits of the universe," a narrator says in the trailer.

Among the various experts highlighted in the "Cosmic Origins" trailer are: Lisa Randall, a theoretical physicist named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2007; Nobel Laureate Arno Penzias; Harvard astronomer Owen Gingerich; NASA scientist Jennifer Wiseman; and Templeton Prize winners John Polkinghorne and Michael Heller.

Father Spitzer is a philosopher, educator, author and former President of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. He is founder and President of the Magis Institute for Faith and Reason, an organization dedicated to public education on the relationship among the disciplines of physics, philosophy, reason, and faith, and he is the President of the Spitzer Center of Ethical Leadership, which delivers similar curricula to nonprofit organizations

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A DVD of "Cosmic Origins" is currently available to order for parishes, schools and other educational organizations across the U.S., according to the film's website.

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