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Events at Ambrose House

Philosophy of Nature, the Puzzle of the Universe, Space-time, and Einstein


Dr. Ronald Muller

Saturday, July 30, 9:30-3:00 p.m.

Ambrose House of Studies

736 East Cork Street, Kalamazoo, Mi 49001

Please join the Newman Community for a day of inquiry and discussion regarding philosophy’s oldest question: What is the Cosmos?

In light of the stunning discoveries of modern physics and astronomy, Dr. Ronald Muller will direct a morning and afternoon seminar concerning the intersection of metaphysics, philosophy, mathematics, and physics in the quest to understand the ultimate fabric and dynamic structure of the universe.

With reference to Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Kant, and Einstein, the seminar will examine the traditional concepts of space, time, and matter then explore the contemporary understanding of these realities  in recent  theories of relativity, space-time, and gravitation.


· The starting point: Realism or Idealism?

· Space and time in Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton

· Material reality and the uniform laws of physics

· Understanding the nature of gravity: Galileo and Newton

· Understanding the nature of light: the Michelson-Morley Experiment

· Einstein, Special Relativity, and the Invariant Speed of Light

· The space-time Matrix

· The General Theory of Relativity: gravitation & the curvature of space

· Minkowski space and Lorentz transformations

· The expanding universe


9:30                meet and greet

10:00-11:00   First session

11:00-11:15    break

11:15-12:15    Second session

12:15—1:00    lunch

1:00 –2:15     Afternoon session

Recommended background reading

Albert Einstein, Relativity

Bertram Russell, ABC of Relativity

Martin Gardner,  Relativity for the Million

James A. Coleman, Relativity for the Layman

Sir Arthur Eddington, Space, time and gravitation: an outline of the general relativity theory


What is the universe?  What is it composed of?

Does the universe exist apart from the mind or is it in some way constituted by the mind according to how the mind thinks?

Is the universe governed by uniform physical laws?

Is there a center of the universe? Can the universe expand infinitely?

Is space a mental construct as Kant proposed or a plenum existing in the physical world?

What is the relation between space and bodies occupying space?

Can empty space exist?

What is time if not the progression of the present into the future?

At this moment of time on the earth (the present) is there a corresponding moment, a corresponding “present,” on distant galaxies?






The Seminar


The Cosmology seminar is offered as a propaedeutical introduction to the philosophy of nature concerning the whole of nature or the universe.  The seminar is intended for students and scholars with diverse backgrounds in the liberal arts, the humanities, theology, law, medicine, philosophy, and science.


Registration fee: $25.00— includes  refreshments, lunch, and photo-copy materials.


To register for the seminar -> Click here



Pro-Life Attorneys to speak at Ambrose House

Nikolas Nikas & Dorinda Bordlee

Thursday, July 7th 6:00-8:30 p.m.


Please join the Newman Community in welcoming noted Catholic pro-life attorneys Nikolas Nikas and Dorinda Bordlee for a reception and colloquium at Ambrose House of Studies, Thursday evening, July 7 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Co-founders of the Bioethics Defense Fund based in New Orleans, both are involved with pro-life legislation and outreach across the nation. Mr. Nikas recently gave the keynote address for the annual Kalamazoo Right-to-Life Dinner.

6:00 Meet and Greet, refreshments

7:00 Colloquium

Founded to promote life issues, the Bioethics Defense Fund collaborates with leading academics, medical doctors, theologians, and scientists to inform legislation, litigation, and education efforts concerning right-to-life, parental consent, euthanasia, cloning, and medical ethics issues.  For more information go to  The Bioethics Defense Fund –

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Not too late: Worshiping the State class

Seminar: Worshipping the State: How Liberalism Became Our State Religion. Book by Benjamin Wiker

Presented by Mast. Bret Sunnerville

Must preregister by February 26

(So we can send the book to you before the first class)

Six Saturdays beginning on March 14, 2015 (March 14, 21, 28, April 11, 18, 25. We will not have a session on April 4, since that is Holy Saturday.)
Time: 10:00 12:00 p.m.

Place: Ambrose House (or online, contact for this option)
Cost: $65.00 per person (includes a copy of Wiker’s book).


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Understanding Islam: Its Historical and Theological Development

Presented by Dr. Brian Bradford (Western Michigan University)commenting on his doctoral studies on the early history of Islam

beginning at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 15 at Ambrose House of Studies 736 East Cork Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan


First Session : 10:00 – 11:45 a.m.

  • Early History: Mohammed
  • References to Jesus Christ in the Koran and other Non-Biblical texts


Second Session : 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

  • Spirituality and Religiosity in Islam and Christianity
  • Catholicism, Ecumenism, and Non-Christian Religions

A native of Jackson, Michigan, Dr. Brian Bradford attended Lumen ChristiHigh School before earning the B.A. in history and philosophy at Spring ArborUniversity.  After studying archeology in Israel, he earned the M. A. in history fromCentral Michigan University and subsequently completed his doctoral studies atWestern Michigan University.  He has extensive teaching experience in ancient and medieval history and has lectured on comparative religion, the early history of Monasticism, and Christian references in Islamic tradition.

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For more information, please call (248) 410-3575.