ASA 2019 Plenary Speakers
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Deborah Haarsma

Deborah Haarsma is President of BioLogos and a frequent speaker at churches, universities, and schools on the harmony between modern science and Christian faith. She wrote Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design with her husband and fellow physicist, Loren Haarsma, a book presenting the agreements and disagreements of Christians regarding the history of life and the universe.

She also edited the anthology Delight in Creation: Scientists Share Their Work with the Church with Rev. Scott Hoezee. Previously, she served as professor and chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Calvin College, with several publications on extragalactic astronomy and cosmology. Haarsma earned a PhD in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While she and Loren both enjoy science fiction and classical music, only Deb enjoys gardening.

Haarsma will be speaking, Friday, July 19, 7:30 PM in Coray Auditorium (abstract below).


Exploring Many Worlds

The Bible’s claims are cosmic in scope:  “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  “In the beginning was the Word.” “All things were created through him and for him.”  Our biblical worldview frames our investigation of the cosmos; God called Adam to name the animals and calls us to curious exploration of the world around us.  In the last century, scientific exploration has revealed a universe with millions of years of animals, billions of years of cosmic history, and now … trillions of planets.  How do we understand Christ as the Creator of this universe?  What would intelligent life on other planets mean for our understanding of Christ as our Incarnate Savior?  Scripture doesn’t speak about life on other planets, but it does assure us of the character of the Creator and our value as his beloved children.  As we follow God’s call to explore and name, we are sometimes amazed, sometimes puzzled, but we need never be afraid.