The latest film in the Seeking Understanding series has been released in anticipation of Creation Sabbath 2021, which will be celebrated by Adventist churches worldwide on Oct. 23. Seeking Understanding: Arthur Chadwick is a documentary following Southwestern Adventist University's Arthur Chadwick, Ph.D., as he discovers an amazing treasure-trove of dinosaur bones beneath a dusty cattle ranch in a remote corner of Wyoming. Chadwick, an Adventist paleontologist, brings his unique set of talents and – unusual for a paleontologist – biblical worldview to the study of this dinosaur graveyard. With a team of scientists from Southwestern Adventist University and other Adventist schools, Chadwick unravels the mystery of how all those bones got to this isolated area in the United States.
Not only is some fascinating science unveiled, including the unique technologies used to record the bones in the dinosaur bonebed, we also learn the remarkable story of Chadwick, who, as a young boy, thought he was going to be a priest. Instead, he was led by God to become a paleontologist, grappling with a science that is commonly viewed as undermining the claims of Scripture. Why didn’t the data lead him to lose his faith? What is it about paleontology that leads him to worship the Creator God of the Bible?
“Working on this film was a thrilling experience,” says Timothy Standish, Ph.D., of the Geoscience Research Institute. “I’m a biologist, so I don’t often have the thrill of actually holding dinosaur bones, let alone doing it while their discoverer explains them to me. Let’s hope that some of that thrill is conveyed in this film.”
Seeking Understanding: Arthur Chadwick features astonishing creatures and an incredible scientist. Anyone who is curious about dinosaurs and how scientists study them will be fascinated with this unique film, specially released for Creation Sabbath to illustrate ways science reveals God’s direction in the creation of the world and its inhabitants. The massive, majestic dinosaurs Dr. Chadwick studies, now extinct, prompt contemplation of the changes sin has brought to the world after it came from the Creator’s hand.
Creation Sabbath falls on the fourth Sabbath of each October, and will be celebrated this year on Oct. 23, 2021. This is a specially designated Sabbath in the Adventist Church’s Calendar of Special Days, set aside for us to reflect on God’s grace in creating the world for our habitation, recognize our responsibility to care for what God made, and seize the vast opportunities we have to learn from His works. It is a reminder that “The Sabbath was made for man,” (Mark 2:27, KJV), a liberating time to remember that our lives are given and sustained by a loving Creator God.
Watch Seeking Understanding: Arthur Chadwick on the Creation Sabbath or Geoscience Research Institute websites, and look for it on Hope Channel and other Adventist media. Share it with friends, and be sure to invite your church to join in the Creation Sabbath celebration on Oct. 23. Together we can promote the glory of the creation and our Creator and learn more about the beauty and design revealed on our planet through this fascinating film. It’s not too late to start planning an awe-inspring, faith-building Sabbath program for your church and community on Creation Sabbath 2021!
- Seeking Understanding: Arthur Chadwick film
- Dinosaur Science Museum at Southwestern Adventist University
- Fossil Museum at Southwestern Adventist University
- Southwestern Adventist University Dino Dig
- Earth History Research Center Southwestern Adventist University
- Geoscience Research Institute
- Creation Sabbath