“Science and Faith: Is there Common Ground”
Noted astronomer, Dr. Deborah Haarsma, President of BioLogos, will be making three presentations on this always interesting and sometimes controversial topic. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend any or all or the presentations scheduled at Ocean Reef on Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3.
Haarsma earned her PhD in astrophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is an experienced research scientist, with several publications in the Astrophysical Journal and the Astronomical Journal on extragalactic astronomy and cosmology. She has studied large galaxies, galaxy clusters, the curvature of space, and the expansion of the universe using telescopes around the world and in orbit. Previously, she served as professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Calvin College.
BioLogos was founded by Dr. Francis Collins, who served as the Director of the Human Genome Project, and now serves as the Director of the National Institutes of Health. Since its birth in 2007, BioLogos has gained national prominence, becoming a leading science and faith organization, whose enduring mission is to invite the people of faith and skeptics alike to see the harmony between science and biblical faith by presenting an evolutionary understanding of God’s creation.
On Saturday afternoon, March 2, Dr. Haarsma’s presentation will be “God and the Multiverse”. Description: The last century has transformed our understanding of the universe and how it came into being. We marvel at the evidence of physical laws fine-tuned for life. New research hints that our universe may be part of a much bigger multiverse of imagination-staggering immensity. Astronomer Deborah Haarsma will lead a fascinating tour of the universe, exploring the spiritual as well as scientific implications of recent discoveries. This presentation will be in the Cultural Center Theatre at 4:30 p.m., and admission is complimentary.
On Sunday morning, March 3, Dr. Haarsma will speak on the topic, "Science and Faith: Is there Common Ground?" Description: Science and technology are integral to modern western life, yet Christians are often perceived to be opposed to science. Is the Bible in conflict with science? Does science lead to atheism? Haarsma will discuss the faultlines of conflicts today, dispelling common misperceptions and showing the fundamental harmony between modern science and biblical faith. Her talk will be in the Ocean Reef Chapel at 10:15 a.m. Admission is complimentary and all are welcome to attend.
On Sunday evening, March 3 join us for “Context vs Controversy – Your Questions Answered”. A wine reception and opportunity for an intimate conversation with Dr. Haarsma. She will also discuss the important work of BioLogos among scientists and university students. The gathering will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Tarpon Room (Carysfort Hall), and the cost will be $50.00 per person, which can be charged to your member account. Space is limited, make reservations by emailing Claudia at firstname.lastname@example.org