Renowned Astrophysicist to Lead Evening of Reflection

The Star of Bethlehem

Wednesday | December 9, 2015, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

St. Joseph Hall

An obscure star was spotted in the sky on the night of Jesus Christ’s birth. For centuries, many claimed it to be myth. Johannes Kepler attempted to prove the existence of the star in the 17th century but could not persuade his contemporaries to any dramatic effect. However, with the advancements in technology and computers in the early twenty-first century attorney Frederick A. Larson relaunched the investigation using the mathematical calculations and astronomical principles to prove or disprove the story of the star.  Come join us as Mr. Larson unravels Matthew’s Gospel claim of a “once in a lifetime star” in the film The Star of Bethlehem, in which Larson supports his conclusions with astronomical facts and relentless curiosity and research. Larson’s argument is stunningly fascinating which no scholarly astronomer disputes to this day.

This evening is now open to everyone (not just young adults).


7:00: Greet

7:10 : Introduction to the Film The Star of Bethlehem with world-renowned astrophysicist Dr. Rocco L. Martino

7:15: Show the film

8:15: Reflection and Q & A with Dr. Rocco Martino

8:40: Wine and Cheese

What Others Are Saying:

“Your wide-ranging and insightful scholarship in the Scriptures and in the parallel historical record from Josephus, Tacitus and the rest! Your command of Kepler’s clock!!… My hat is off to you.”
— GERARD PIEL, PH.D., Former Publisher and Editor, Scientific American magazine.

“About 99.9% of the Star of Bethlehem stuff is nutty, but this isn’t that. It’s well-researched and reasonable.”
— RONALD A. SCHORN, PH.D., Schorn founded and served as Chief of the Planetary Astronomy department at NASA and was Technical Editor of Sky & Telescope magazine. He is the author of Planetary Astronomy.

“The integration of astronomical data and ancient inscriptional evidence models the scientific method at its best.”
— EUGENE H. MERRILL, PH.D., Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary.

About Dr. Rocco L. Martino

Dr. Rocco L. Martino, FPRI Senior Fellow, has been in the forefront of computer applications and process innovation almost from the inception of the computer. Prior to founding XRT and then CyberFone, he held key positions with Booz Allen & Hamilton, Olin Mathieson, and Mauchly Associates, where he worked in partnership with Dr. John Mauchly, one of the developers of ENIAC and the co-inventor of electronic computers.

Dr. Martino earned his Doctorate in Astrophysics from the Institute of Aerospace Studies for his work on the re-entry of space vehicles.While with UNIVAC in the mid-1950s, he worked closely with Dr. Grace Hopper on the forerunner of COBOL. He also worked closely with Sir Robert Watson Watt, the inventor of radar, on air navigation. Dr. Martino was a Professor of Mathematics at NYU and Professor of Systems Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He has lectured around the world on decision making, computers, foreign policy, and finance. Dr. Martino has authored numerous books and articles; at FPRI, he has written on innovation for Orbis (Spring 2007). He is currently writing a History of the General Purpose Electronic Computer that provides a bird’s eye view of many of the developments from the computer’s inception.

In 2007, Dr. Martino founded the Rocco Martino Lectures on Innovation to promote studies and education in innovation.

No Cost. This retreat is sponsored by the Rocco and Barbara Martino Speakers Series

Please click here to register or call us at 610-644-0400 for more information.

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