Catholic Resources for College Students & Campus Ministers

Answer the Questions College Students Are Really Asking

Many college students today are being challenged by the these four popular secular myths:

  • I have doubts – about God’s existence and life after death.
  • Suffering is my big issue. Wouldn’t God prefer happiness?
  • I want to be a better person. What do I need to do?
  • God yes, but Jesus – I’m not so sure.

 

Belief in these myths have already led a large number to skepticism and unbelief. We must redress these myths at its origin in colleges and universities.

The Magis Center has developed, and is continuing to develop, resources for college students and campus ministers to respond to these allegations with cutting edge research in science, philosophy and theology.

Explore our top 6 tools:

1. Science, God & Creation

For campus ministry programs.

2. Cosmic Origins

The Documentary (for campus ministry programs).

3. From Nothing to Cosmos

Set of four DVD’s for campus ministry.

4. Evidence for God from Contemporary Science and Philosophy

Twenty-two on-line college level lectures (for individual on-line use).

5. Happiness, The Series

2 resources for campus ministry programs.

6. Happiness, Suffering, and the Love of God

2 resources for campus ministry programs.

Science, God, & Creation

This one hour & fifty-five minute presentation by Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D. explains the evidence for creation, God and the survival of human consciousness (after bodily death) from contemporary scientific studies. It was designed to be used by campus ministers for discussions and education sessions.

The Study Guide is comprehensive and answers many questions that students might ask. Fr. Spitzer has presented this talk to universities around the country including Catholic universities, public universities, and non-Catholic private universities (e.g. Harvard, MIT, and USC). The results and feedback have been outstanding.

Campus ministers may want to ask an engineering or science student to facilitate a discussion on these materials for their campus. If student facilitators have questions, they can go to the on-line Q&A/discussion forum, and a Magis facilitator will respond to the question.

Cosmic Origins

This 50-minute documentary features eight world renowned physicists speaking about the evidence for creation and supernatural design from contemporary physics.

It can be shown at Catholic campus ministry centers, and provides an interesting introduction to the Science, God and Creation program. It can also be used for prayer meetings study groups in the residence halls.

Included are Dr. Arno Penzias (Nobel Prize for discovering Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation), Dr. John Polkinghorne (Cambridge University Physics, Templeton Laureate), Dr. Owen Gingerich (Harvard University – Astronomy), Dr. Michael Heller (Vatican Observatory, Templeton Laureate), Dr. Lisa Randall (Harvard University Cosmology), Dr. Jennifer Wiseman (NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies), and Dr. Stephen Barr (University of Delaware Physics).

Enjoy an excellent production value, with outstanding graphics and visual effects to captivate your class. This product is recommended as an introduction of faith and science: it has the strength of the testimony of 8 world renowned scientists.

An excellent tool for parish Confirmation retreats and Confirmation classes.

From Nothing To Cosmos Series

A full treatment of topics on the evidence for God from contemporary science. 

This DVD series featuring Fr. Robert J. Spitzer S.J., Ph.D. covers the topics in Science, God and Creation in great detail. It  covers six additional topics not treated in Science, God & Creation.

This four hour (four DVD) dynamic presentation (with The Workbook +) can be used for a four part presentation in campus ministry centers, as an eight part reflection for home study groups (in residence halls) of for private study. Campus ministers may elect to contact an engineer, scientist, or faculty member to facilitate the presentation of this material. They may be able to help answer questions and facilitate discussion.

Answers to the most frequently asked questions can be found in The Workbook + and we believe, with this resource, it can be easily taught without a science background. Send us your tough questions and we’ll be happy to answer them for you.

On-line College Lecture Series – The Evidence for God from Contemporary Science and Philosophy (twenty-two lectures)

Evidence for God from Contemporary Physics and Philosophy – Resources include on-line lectures and a study guide.

Campus ministers and college students can use these lectures as a way to study and better understand Fr. Spitzer’s book New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy.

It gives the best contemporary evidence for God from contemporary physics, contemporary logical-metaphysical proofs, as well as the evidence for human transcendentality from the study of near death experiences and the five transcendental desires.

This lecture series includes a free on-line comprehensive study guide ( approximately 93 pages) which may also be purchased as a book – Evidence for God from Contemporary Science and Philosophy.

Evidence for God from Contemporary Science and Philosophy

This comprehensive set of questions and answers is designed as a study guide to accompany Fr. Spitzer’s award winning book, New Proofs for the Existence of God, as well as the College Lecture Series titled, Evidence for God from Physics and Philosophy.
Though it is written specifically with those products in mind, the first chapter will be very helpful to those who have purchased Cosmic Origins or Science, God and Creation.

Happiness, The Series

If God is all loving, why is there suffering? This series tackles this massive modern question head on, and shows how happiness affects our view of ourselves, the choices we make, and our purpose in life.

Happiness is the one thing you can choose for itself – everything else is chosen for the sake of happiness.

In this one phrase, Aristotle reveals how happiness affects our view of ourselves,  purpose, what we pursue in life and career, who we choose as friends and spouses – just about everything we believe and hold dear.

To help you better use The Reason Series, we offer free resources:

  1. Slide deck Presentations in PDF format for each lesson.
  2. A PDF Teacher’s Resource Manual with: detailed lesson plans, prayers, handouts, assessments, additional activities, video clips, and more, all which can be used in a variety of settings and time frames.

Happiness, Suffering, and the Love of God Series

Get answers to some of life’s most vexing questions, and dispel popular misconceptions.

For those who believe happiness and suffering are incompatible, Fr. Robert Spitzer’s lectures is a guide towards authentic and lasting happiness. Life-changing.

“Suffering in the world proves God doesn’t exist. If God was all powerful he could stop suffering. God was all loving he would stop suffering.”

While this line of thinking sounds compelling, it’s actually built on faulty logic and ignorance of the facts. Father Spitzer dismantles this myth piece by piece with Happiness, Suffering and the Love of God, and shows us how to find meaning in suffering and lasting happiness.

To help you better use The Reason Series, we offer free resources:

  1. Slide deck Presentations in PDF format for each lesson.
  2. A PDF Teacher’s Resource Manual with: detailed lesson plans, prayers, handouts, assessments, additional activities, video clips, and more, all which can be used in a variety of settings and time frames. This study has received the Imprimatur.

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