Astronomer Hugh Ross Receives Prestigious Trotter Prize and Speaks at Texas A&M for Endowed Lecture Series

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Hugh Ross speaks about theistic implications of big bang cosmology

discovered that only the Bible met the test of being both scientifically and historically accurate

According to astronomer Hugh Ross, human beings live at a unique time and place allowing them to observe the whole of cosmic history, all the way back to the cosmic origin event. Observations by today’s scientists firmly establish the hot big bang model as an accurate depiction of reality. However, thousands of years before astronomers or physicists made observations and developed their theories and theorems, Bible authors already had identified and described big bang fundamentals, including the ongoing expansion of the universe and some implications of that expansion (Jer. 33:25–26, Gen. 1:1, Isa. 44:24).

In his books Creation as Science and More Than a Theory, Ross writes about the remarkable convergence of science and faith that speaks to the Bible’s predictive powers and also implies the real possibility of a transcendent, personal causal Agent—the God of the Bible. During the Trotter Prize and Endowed Lecture Series at Texas A&M University, Ross will present this view of faith and science in a talk entitled “Theistic Implications of Big Bang Cosmology.”

According to its website, the Trotter Prize and Endowed Lecture Series, presented by the College of Science in collaboration with the Dwight Look College of Engineering, seeks to illuminate connections between science and religion. Established by Dr. Ide P. Trotter Jr. ’54 and Luella H. Trotter with a matching gift from ExxonMobil Corp. in 2001, the goal of the series is to help recognize pioneering contributions to the understanding of the role of information, complexity, and inference in illuminating the mechanisms and wonder of nature. Dr. H. Joseph Newton, dean of the College of Science says, “Once again we have the good fortune of hosting two notable, in-demand speakers [Ross and Dr. Gerald L. Schroeder] for another dynamic discussion on the relationship between science and religion.”

Ross, a Canadian scholar whose interest in physics and astronomy dates back to childhood, has taken a scientific approach in formulating the evidence-based beliefs that led him to found science-faith think tank Reasons To Believe (RTB). Earning an undergraduate degree in physics (University of British Columbia) and a graduate degree in astronomy (University of Toronto), Ross conducted postdoctoral studies in the United States. While at the California Institute of Technology, Ross researched quasi-stellar objects, or “quasars,” which are some of the most distant and ancient objects in the universe. Prompted by curiosity, Ross also studied the world’s religions and “holy books,” discovering only one of which he says met the test of being both scientifically and historically accurate—the Bible. It was this finding that eventually led Ross—along with his colleagues at RTB—to begin developing a testable, falsifiable, and predictive biblical creation model.

For more than 25 years, Ross and the team of RTB scholars have diligently monitored the frontiers of research and communicate a message Ross describes as the “thrilling news of what’s being discovered and how it connects with biblical theology.” Motivated by the vast number of people who either believe or disbelieve without first checking the evidence, Ross founded Reasons To Believe in 1986 with a clear mission—to spread the Christian Gospel by demonstrating that sound reason and scientific research, including the very latest discoveries, consistently support, rather than erode, confidence in the truth of the Bible and faith in the personal, transcendent God revealed in both Scripture and nature.

One of two recipients of the 2012 Trotter Prize, Ross is author of several books, including Why the Universe Is the Way It Is, Creator and the Cosmos, and The Fingerprint of God. Traveling the world speaking to students, faculty, churches, and professional groups about the integration of science and faith, Ross challenges audiences to understand what they believe and why, all the while presenting a no-pressure-yet-persuasive case for Christianity. Alongside his role as president of Reasons To Believe, Ross also serves as an adjunct faculty member at A. W. Tozer Seminary and Southern Evangelical Seminary.

To schedule an interview with Hugh Ross or to have him speak at an event, please contact Kristi Sandberg at publicity(at)reasons(dot)org or (800) 482-7836 x.112.


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