The Adventist television network Hope Channel International has partnered with Southwestern Adventist University and its Dinosaur Science Museum to create a thought-provoking mini-documentary series called The Dig.

The six-part series will premiere on January 3, 2020, and all episodes will become available to watch on demand using the Hope Channel app. Episodes will also air weekly on DirecTV 368 and the Hope Channel website, starting January 3, 2020, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The Dig explores the experience of a group of Christian professors, scientists, and students who spend a month of every year undertaking paleontological research in a remote part of eastern Wyoming, United States. The story follows a young scientist as he takes the baton of leadership from the founder of the project, Arthur Chadwick, a geologist who is struggling to pass it to the next generation. The series shows the personal drive, the cutting-edge research, and the many challenges faced by the most committed members of the group, some of whom have been involved for 20 years.

The goal of the series is to reveal the search for what the data shows regarding dinosaurs through the lens of real people and their commitment to this quest.

“One of the highlights of the trip for many students is the spiritual aspect. We pray together; we have worships,” Chadwick said. “In our course lectures, we emphasize not only the nature of the dinosaurs but also the aspects of Creation that are important to us all; because if Creation is not a valid account of origins, then neither is the sacrifice of Christ a valid account of salvation.”

Hope Channel leaders said that the documentary is expected to inform the discussion of faith and science.

The Dig will show that Christians need not be afraid of good science and allowing the data to speak for itself,” they said.

Hope Channel, the official television network of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, offers programs on wholistic Christian living and focuses on faith, health, relationships, and community. Southwestern Adventist University is a Seventh-day Adventist educational institution located in Keene, Texas, United States.

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