Science and religion may not be conflicting after all, according
to Hugh Ross, an astronomer and astrophysicist.
Ross spoke on Wednesday night in the Lory Student Center Theatre
about how science and faith can go together.
Ross is a strong proponent of the Big Bang Theory, as well as
being a devoted Christian.
“We invite people to put our beliefs to the test,” Ross said. “I
make it a point to put myself on atheist mailing lists because I
like to see what they have to say.”
His lecture drew a huge crowd as people filled the theatre.
People who came late sat on the ground or stood in the back.
Ross used both scientific studies and Bible verses to support
his position. Some of the topics covered were the continual
expansion of the universe, biological drives, the fundamental flaw
and physical laws. This was then followed by a short
Ross believes that there must be hope, purpose and destiny for
humankind, and he uses science to support his claims.
Ross is the founder and president of an organization called
Reason To Believe. This organization was founded 17 years ago and
is made up of a small group of research scientists.
Rebekah Hiney, a junior, thought it was awesome that so many
people showed up to hear Ross speak. Hiney is involved in Campus
Crusade for Christ, the organization that sponsored the event.
“Hopefully it will spark some good conversation,” said Hiney, a
math and Spanish double major.
Mayor Ray Martinez of Fort Collins opened the event. Martinez
said that God knows about science and that science is a way of
“I thought it was good for upper-level audience. Especially
those in math and physics,” said Daniel Syrett, a freshman
veterinary medicine open option major. “It was well-presented and
had a lot of factual information, but I felt he didn’t reach out to
a lot of people.”
Morgan Lichtenstein, a junior open option major, agreed that the
lecture was very technical.
“I was pretty confused. As a Christian, I went in open-minded,
but it was over my head,” Lichtenstein said.
Ross said Reasons To Believe focuses on recent discoveries and
theories. The organization then makes short-term predictions. A new
reason to support its position is posted daily on its Web site.
“Americans are more willing to discuss new reasons rather than
ones from thousands of years ago,” Ross said.
Sophomore Gabriel Alford was very impressed with the overall
“It was very well-planned and he presented the evidence
efficiently. He also had adequate references,” said Alford, a
computer engineering major.
For more information on Ross and Reasons To Believe visit the
Web site www.reasons.org.