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David Block - Professor

David's Story

This article is primarily the story of Professor David Block's life and how the incredibly glorious book of general revelation (nature) pushed him towards the book of special revelation (Bible) and helped him see Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, whose creation he viewed through his telescope.

Questions about Faith

I was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family in Krugersdorp, South Africa. Sitting in shul (synagogue), I would be enthralled as our rabbi expounded how God was a personal God. God spoke to individuals such as Moses, Abraham, Issac, Jacob - and many others. I pondered much how I fit into all of this. By the time I entered university, I became deeply concerned that I had no assurance that God was indeed a personal God. I did know that He was a historical God and that He delivered our people from the hands of Pharaoh. But, He seemed so far removed from me in Krugersdorp. Where was the personality and vibrancy of a God who could speak to me?

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Different Title for Christian talks

"Faith is never a leap in the dark. Faith is based on evidence." - Professor David Block

God and Galileo

The debate over the ultimate source of truth inour world often pits science against faith. Incorporating insights froma letter written in 1615 by famed astronomer Galileo Galilei, Emeritus Professor David Block - a professional astronomer - explores the relationship between contemporary science and faith.

He argues that there is a fundamental distinction between the nature of truth (which includes God's special revelation to us, by His Grace) and the truth of nature (which includes the sciences in general, and astronomy in particular).

Professor Block demostrates that the Book of Nature is in complete harmony with the Book of Scripture, both Books have the same author. 

 

The Christmas Star and the Heavenly Miracles

In this overwhelming beautiful presentation, Professor Block leads us on a magical journey of exploration of the heavens. We learn how the universe came into bgoteing; get a sense of the immensity of the cosmos and view images of the variety of astronomical objescts, through many of the world's greatest telescopes.

As we travel through space, Professor Block will bring us back home, to Planet Earth, and the amazing astronomical events which led to the wise men to the Messiah of Israel.

We will also be mesmerised by David Block's journey to faith from being a young Orthodox Jewish man to his meeting with the Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ (Y'shua Ha'Mashiach)



Our Universe: Accident or Design?

This presentation is both an intellectual and visual feast. Colour photographs show planets, nebulae, stars and galaxies - including some of the most distant objects discerned in the universe. Professor Block probes the meaning of ther immensity and complexity of the univers and explores the evidence for design.

Comments about "Our Universe: Accident or Design?"

"Professor Block offers reader a unique opportunity to weigh the evidence for themselves." Arno A Penzias, Nobel Prize winner in Physics.

"I find [Professor Block's] eloquent defence of a Divine Planner comgenial and satisfying." Owen Gingerich, Professor of Astronomy





Looking up in Wonder

The slide presentation will show the immensity and vastness of our expanding universe. Interwoven in the show will be Professor Blosck's personal account of how the study of astronomy led to a his understanding of 'finer tunings' in the Universe.

The slide show is certain to be a visual and intellectual feast. Remarkable and beautiful photographs, many secured through some of the world's largest telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope, will take you from neighbouring planets to recent comets, distant stars and nebulae. You will find yourself looking back in time, in some cases millons of light years.

Professor Block will start from Planet earth, move on to the other planets in our solar system, then the Sun, our closest star, and onto the furthest galaxies, in search of their meaning. While viewing the breathtaking beauty and coomplexity of the universe, Professor Block will address questions such as how the universe came into being, whether the universe is simply an accident or created by a Designer.

The Cosmos is Shouting

The slide show is certain to be a visual and intellectual feast. Remarkable and beautiful photographs, many secured through some of the world's largest telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope, will take you from neighbouring planets to recent comets, distant stars and nebulae. You will find yourself looking back in time, in some cases millons of light years.

Professor Block will start from Planet earth, move on to the other planets in our solar system, then the Sun, our closest star, and onto the furthest galaxies, in search of their meaning. While viewing the breathtaking beauty and complexity of the universe, Professor Block will address questions such as how the universe came into being, whether the universe is simply an accident or created by a Designer.

You are sure to be blessed and inspired by what you will hear and see. Professor Block's dramatic presentation of the wonderland of the stars, plus his spiritual emphasis and quest, will leave a lasting impression on all who attend.

Suitable for ages 5+

From Outer Space to Inner Space

Taking the audience on a journey from the furthest cluster of galaxies in outer space, with explanations of the Big Bang theory and other astronomical events and object, Professor Block considers our place in the universe and specifically, on Planet Earth.

He leads us towards introspection, to examine what is happening in our hearts. You will be wowed by the beautiful images, moved by God's care for His creation and challenged to consider the choices we make and the health of our souls.












Testimonials

" Professor Block is an outstanding speaker who is magnestising on a stage. He captures the audience from the outset and holds them in the palm of his hand through an incredible journey of space and time. After using Professor Block at several events, it was clear that a standing ovation from the audience was the natural response. A truly inspirational and fantastic speaker for any event."

"Prof David Block's recent talk at St Francis was a tour de force which left his observer feeling a buit overwhelmed. From the Big Bang to the very latest satelite telescope images, from Sir Isaac Newton's little telescope which sat on a desk, to the $100m telescopes which are five storeys high and sit atop mountains or in deserts, from a man on the moon to galaxies "far, far away", we were transported on a magical journey of discovery across space and time and untimately into ourselves.

The journey to faith, of a young man from Krugersdorp, backed by a lifetime of study at the forefront of astronomy, provided the perspective and empathy to help us to understand that "the universe is not an accident".

I don't think that anyone who was present could disagree with Prof Block that, in the words of the writer of Psalm19, "the Heavens declare the Glory of God". At the same time, we were brought face to face with the daily miracle of the birth of a child, while being reminded forcibly of the influence that just one person can have on the life of others. In the case of Prof Block, it was his Grade 1 teacher, Dorothy Rogers, who had a profound influence on him.

At the end of this extraordinary and humbling, but nevertheless exhilarating tour of the universe, covering billions of years and billions of miles, Dr Block brought us gently back to the here and now. He reminded us that it is not in outer space that we must seek our human dignity, but in the ordering of our inner space. He pointed out that one negative thought can block out our light and I found that a frightening thought when we are expected to shine as a light in the world!

Those of us who were present enjoyed a wonderful experience and for those who missed it, I would strongly recommend that you email Dr Block's wife, Liz, on ekblock@iafrica.com, to see what DVD's are available. "the Heacens declare the Glory of God" covers the presentation we were privileged to see and serve as a powerful reminder of a fascinatiing and uplifting evening."

John Schultz

"The people just keep coming - 120 of them in all, packing out the Glenhaven Retirement Centre hall. There is a buzz of excitement in the crowd. David Block was the draw card that Sunday evening presenting "BEYOND - the heavens declare the glory of God." We were reminded that there is much more to the world that which is immediately visible. We saw the glory of the Creator displayed in the universe and in the Northern Lights. But much more than that: we witnessed David's love for the Lord Jesus Christ and how, as an astronomer, he had learnt to believe in the worship of Him."

"We ave been so inspired by your messages that you have brought on the different occasions when we have  invited you to preach to us at New Life Church. The feedback from our congregation has been so positive and we have personally heard of lives that have been influenced and transformed by the truths you have shared. Thank you for tghe way the Lord uses you to impart His Word to us in your capacity as a world renowned astronomer, a Jewish Believer and always weith the passion and prescence of the Holy Spirit. We will certainly be seeing you again!

Grace and Shalom to you"

Love from Chris and Lisa Stark
New Life Church, Johannesburg

"I've known Prof Block for ten years now and have watched him grow in wisdom and his love for truth. I believe he is one of the greatest minds in the world right now on the relationship between faith and science. David is replacing Stephen Hawking's warped view on God with a clear conviction that you and I have been created in the image of the God of the Universe and that we exist to reflect His greatness and participate with Him for restoration of all things."

Jac Adamo
Pastor, Godfirst Church, Midrand

"On Sunday, we had the priviledge of hosting Prof Block. As he spoke through his presentation of God and Galileo, the tangible prescence of God was felt throughout. God uses him to take us into the mystery of faith and science and come out the other side, filled with certainty that God loves us, heals us and calls us.

He really did blow my mind, I've always been a big fan, and alove all his work, but God and Galileo, it's another level."

Bishop Gary Rivas
The Methodist Church of Southern Africa

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