Rev. Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D

Rev. Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D

Catholic Priest in the Jesuit Order

President - Magis Center of Reason and Faith ( and the Spitzer Center (  

Former president - Gonzaga University - 1998 to 2009 – significantly increased programs in faith, ethics, and leadership - built twenty new facilities -increased student body by 75%.  Raised over 200 M for scholarships and capital projects.

Author of five books as well as dozens of scholarly articles including the award winning New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy.

Producer of multiple documentaries in the field of contemporary cosmology and creation.  Appeared on dozens of nationally syndicated radio programs and has produced eight series for Catholic television and radio

Has appeared on many television series including the Larry King Show (debating Stephen Hawking), the History Channel, the Today Show, and a multiple-part series for PBS – Closer to the Truth.

Hundreds of presentations to universities, learned societies, professional societies, corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies both nationally and internationally (including members of Tony Blair’s Cabinet in London, officials of the Russian Orthodox Church in Russia, both sides of the conflict in Northern Ireland, government officials in El Salvador, as well as international universities, corporations, and Catholic organizations

Held two distinguished academic chairs at Seattle University and Gonzaga University, and received awards for outstanding faculty member at Georgetown University and Seattle University.  Fr. Spitzer received Gonzaga University’s’ highest award, the Desmet Medal in 2009.      

Ph.D.  Catholic University of America - Philosophy Summa cum Laude.   Th.M.  Weston School (Cambridge) - Theology (Scripture). Summa cum Laude.   M.Div. Gregorian University (Rome) -  M.A.  St. Louis University - Philosophy. (Research) Magna cum Laude.   B.B.A. Gonzaga University -   Public Accounting and Finance Magna Cum Laude.  High School  Punahou High School (Honolulu, Hawaii) - National Honors Society.

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