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Fr. Robert Spitzer Debates the Question, "Did God Create the Universe?" on Larry King Live


The Four Levels of Happiness®

Four Levels of Happiness

Happiness is the only goal that people pursue for its own sake, which makes it an ideal lens for explaining why people and organizations behave as they do. Put simply, happiness can be sought at higher or lower levels that either lift us up or drag us down.


The Four Levels of Happiness model aligns well with the Christian view of the human person. While all the levels are good, happiness becomes more pervasive, enduring and deep as one goes up the scale. Level Four represents the perfect, unrestricted and eternal happiness that comes from union with God. The grace of divine love also helps individuals and groups to enjoy the lower levels in a healthy way.


The Four Levels model is also a practical tool for organizational growth. It shows leaders how to elevate the powerful drive for happiness and direct it toward contribution over comparison, trust over suspicion, and optimism over pessimism. Click here for a full description of the Four Levels.



June 27, 2017

Video Story: Fr. Spitzer Debates the Question, “Did God Create the Universe?” on Larry King Live

Fr. Robert Spitzer’s interests go well beyond the focus of the Spitzer Center. In fact, they go all the way back to the creation of the universe. Fr. Spitzer’s latest book is called New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy. It was written in response to a spate of recent books that champion atheism while ignoring “the considerable evidence for theism provided by physics and philosophy during the last few decades,” says Fr. Spitzer.

On September 10, Fr. Spitzer was invited to appear on Larry King Live to provide an opposing viewpoint to the claim put forth in Stephen Hawking's latest controversial work, The Grand Design, that "no God is required" to explain the creation of the universe. Dr. Hawking appeared earlier in the same program, while Fr. Spitzer, Hawking’s coauthor Leonard Mlodinow, and writer Deepak Chopra were invited to debate the topic, "Did God Create the Universe?"

A video of that portion of the show is embedded below. If you’re primarily interested in seeing Fr. Spitzer’s comments, you can find them at the very start of the video and at 4:53 … 9:30 … 12:40 … 17:01 … 19:50 … and 22:28. Placing your cursor over the black box at the bottom of the video frame will bring the scroll bar into view.


Fr. Robert Spitzer Debates the Question, "Did God Create the Universe?" on Larry King Live from John A. Keenan on Vimeo.


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