Origins of Earth and Man - March 27, 7:00 pm
All Saints’ Episcopal Church is pleased to showcase Dr. Hugh Ross, astronomer and best-selling author who travels the globe speaking on the compatibility of scientific studies with the truths of Christianity, March 27, 2020, 7 pm, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Lakeland.
Dr. Ross is the author of multiple books (including “Why the Universe Is the Way It Is”) and has addressed audiences at hundreds of universities, churches and various other venues around the world on a myriad of science-faith topics. He earned his Doctorate Degree in Astronomy from the University of Toronto. Join us for an evening of thought provoking conversation as Dr. Ross shares the most powerful reasons from science to believe in Christ in a live, podcast recording session, lead by Father Reid Hensarling.
Hugh Ross will discuss the understanding that the physical universe, the realm of nature, is the visible creation of God. It declares God's existence and gives a trustworthy revelation of God's character and purpose. In Scripture, God declares that through His creation all humanity recognizes His existence, power, glory, and wisdom. An honest study of nature - its physical, biological, and social aspects - can prove useful in a person's search for truth. Properly understood, God's Word (Scripture) and God's world (nature), as two revelations (one verbal, one physical) from the same God, will never contradict each other.
God created mankind in His image and likeness (having rational, moral, relational, and spiritual capacities) to fellowship with Him and give Him glory. Human beings are therefore the crown of God's creation (possessing inherent dignity and moral worth), and thus distinct in kind from all other life on earth. Adam and Eve, the first human beings, chose to rebel against God and go their own autonomous way. As a result, all of mankind became separated from God, the image of God in man distorted, and the sinful nature passed on to all their progeny. Because of original sin (which includes both corruption and guilt), unregenerate human beings are incapable of pleasing or commending themselves to God. The only remedy for mankind's pitiful predicament is redemption through faith in Jesus Christ.
The Improbable Planet - March 28, 10 - 11:30 am
The Latest Scientific Discoveries Point to an Intentional Creator
Most of us remember the basics from science classes about how Earth came to be the only known planet that sustains complex life. But what most people don't know is that the more thoroughly researchers investigate the history of our planet, the more astonishing the story of our existence becomes. The number and complexity of the astronomical, geological, chemical, and biological features recognized as essential to human existence have expanded explosively within the past decade. An understanding of what is required to make possible a large human population and advanced civilizations has raised profound questions about life, our purpose, and our destiny. Are we really just the result of innumerable coincidences? Or is there a more reasonable explanation?
Hugh's talk will pull from his fascinating book, which helps non-scientists understand the countless miracles that undergird the exquisitely fine-tuned planet we call home--as if Someone had us in mind all along.
Signed copies of Dr. Ross’ latest book will be available for purchase. This is a free event and open to the public.
Questions about accessibility, please call (863) 688-4502.