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The BioLogos Forum is designed to foster a serious and comprehensive discussion of Christian faith and the sciences. We believe that charitable engagement of different perspectives within the Church helps sharpen our thinking and deepen our commitment to the truth that is hidden in Christ. So while many of the articles and videos under the distinctive Forum banner come from BioLogos staff and Senior Fellows, we feature a range of voices, including those that disagree with us and with each other. Unless otherwise noted, views expressed are those of the authors, not necessarily of The BioLogos Foundation. You can read more about what we believe here, and join the conversation in the comments section at the end of each post.

Haarsma, Deborah

Deborah Haarsma

Deborah Haarsma serves as President of The BioLogos Foundation, a position she has held since January 2013. Previously, she served as professor and chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gifted in interpreting complex scientific topics for lay audiences, Dr. Haarsma often speaks to churches, colleges, and schools about the relationships between science and Christian faith. She is author (along with her husband Loren Haarsma) of Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design (2011, 2007), a book presenting the agreements and disagreements of Christians regarding the history of life and the universe. Haarsma is an experienced research scientist, with several publications in the Astrophysical Journal and the Astronomical Journal on extragalactic astronomy and cosmology.
Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Introduction

1 Part Series: Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”

August 25, 2014 
Deborah Haarsma 
Design, Evolution - Evidence 
 
Seeing God in Everyday Work, Part 1

2 Part Series: Seeing God in Everyday Work

July 07, 2014 
Deborah Haarsma 
Biblical Interpretation, Christian Unity, Creation & Origins, Education, Science as Christian Calling 
 
Interpreting Adam: Introduction

1 Part Series: Interpreting Adam

In December 2013, Zondervan published the anthology Four Views on the Historical Adam, featuring the perspectives of four prominent Evangelical scholars. This series features in-depth interviews with three of these scholars about their views on Adam, as well as the broader implications for all of Christian theology.
April 07, 2014 
Deborah Haarsma 
Biblical Interpretation, Christ & New Creation, Human Origins 
 
Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye

2 Part Series: Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye

January 15, 2014 
Deborah Haarsma 
Christian Unity, Science & Worldviews 
 
Framing the Conversation

7 Part Series: Excerpts from "Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design"

These excerpts from Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design, written by BioLogos president Deborah Haarsma and her husband Loren Haarsma, offer a sampling of the book's many topics, from exploring our disagreements and agreements on origins as Christians to explaining scientific processes to looking at how we read Genesis.
March 18, 2013 
Deborah Haarsma, Loren Haarsma 
Christian Unity, Science & Worldviews 
 
Recent Discoveries in Astronomy, Part 1

3 Part Series: Recent Discoveries in Astronomy

In this excerpt from the book Delight in Creation: Scientists Share Their Work with the Church, astronomer Deborah Haarsma shares her excitement about recent findings about our universe from a Christian perspective.
September 19, 2012 
Deborah Haarsma 
Astronomy & Physics, Earth, Universe & Time, Worship & Arts 
 
Southern Baptist Voices: An Ongoing Series

2 Part Series: Southern Baptist Voices: Kenneth Keathley

The first entry in the Southern Baptist Voices series presents a unique ongoing dialogue between Kenneth Keathely, a significant voice for the Southern Baptist churches, and several BioLogos scholars. Carried out in a respectful and humble manner, Keathely simply expresses six areas in which he does not agree with the BioLogos approach to Genesis 1-3. Darrel Falk, Kathryn Applegate and Deborah Haarsma then thoughtfully respond to each point in order to clarify the BioLogos’ view on each issue and, hopefully, remove any stumbling blocks.
February 27, 2012 
Deborah Haarsma, Darrel Falk, Mark Sprinkle 
Christian Unity 
 
A Seat at the Table: BioLogos at Evangelical Theological Society 2014

A Seat at the Table: BioLogos at Evangelical Theological Society 2014

Our time at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society showed that there is a hunger to a better conversation about science and evangelical Christianity.
December 02, 2014 
Brad Kramer, Deborah Haarsma, Jim Stump 
Christian Unity 
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From the Archives: A BioLogos Response to Kenneth Keathley, Part 1

From the Archives: A BioLogos Response to Kenneth Keathley, Part 1

From 2012: The entire BioLogos community would like to thank Dr. Keathley not only for his work in writing his introductory essay, but for his willingness to organize a small collection of essays by other Southern Baptist scholars describing their concerns about the BioLogos perspective. We welcome this opportunity to clarify our positions and remove stumbling blocks where possible.
November 11, 2014 
Kathryn Applegate, Darrel Falk, Deborah Haarsma 
Biblical Interpretation 
 
Ken Ham, We Need a Better Conversation (Perhaps Over Dinner?)

Ken Ham, We Need a Better Conversation (Perhaps Over Dinner?)

BioLogos president Deb Haarsma responds to Ken Ham’s recent comments about Hugh Ross, and pleads for a more gracious conversation between Christians on issues of faith and science.
October 13, 2014 
Deborah Haarsma 
Christian Unity, Young Earth Creationism 
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What Americans Think and Feel about Evolution

What Americans Think and Feel about Evolution

The new Gallup survey shows in broad strokes the challenge we face. But more nuanced surveys find that only 8% of Americans are convinced creationists whose beliefs are dear to them, and only 4% are convinced atheistic evolutionists whose beliefs are dear to them. The vast majority of Americans are not sure of their position and are open to a conversation.
June 13, 2014 
Deborah Haarsma 
BioLogos, Human Origins, Young Earth Creationism 
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Religion, Science, and Society

Religion, Science, and Society

Conflicts occur when people argue one worldview against another. They may be arguing Atheism versus Monotheism, then pull out science as a weapon saying, "science proves I'm right because of this or that..." In my view, science is rather more limited than this. Science has a lot of interesting resonances with the big questions, and can inform them, but I don’t believe it can answer them.
June 04, 2014 
 
Featuring Deborah Haarsma, Alister McGrath
Christianity & Science - Then and Now, Divine Action & Purpose, Science & Worldviews, Science as Christian Calling 
 
The Controversy at Bryan College

The Controversy at Bryan College

Although Bryan’s position differs from ours, we hope that the conversation in the classroom can be renewed and encouraged rather than stifled going forward.
March 06, 2014 
Deborah Haarsma 
Christian Unity, Evolution & Christian Faith project 
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BioLogos in One Sentence

BioLogos in One Sentence

This list didn’t come from a boring discussion of “what should be our core values.” Rather, each of these commitments came up repeatedly in our discussions of what BioLogos is all about.
January 29, 2014 
Deborah Haarsma 
BioLogos 
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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

A video greeting from BioLogos President Deborah Haarsma
December 24, 2013 
Deborah Haarsma 
BioLogos 
 
Happy Thanksgiving from BioLogos

Happy Thanksgiving from BioLogos

A video message from President Deborah Haarsma.
November 27, 2013 
Deborah Haarsma 
 
 
Engaging Science in the Life of Your Congregation

Engaging Science in the Life of Your Congregation

With so many issues to discuss, Christians can easily get the feeling that science is always attacking the faith. It is essential to balance such conversations with positive responses to God’s creation. After all, the primary response to the natural world in the Bible is to praise the God who made it.
May 14, 2013 
Deborah Haarsma 
Education, Worship & Arts 
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Dissonance and Harmony

Dissonance and Harmony

People hold clearly discordant points of view, and it would be dishonest to ignore the conflict. Yet some voices emphasize the dissonance without any note of harmony to put it in context. Too often, science and faith becomes a hostile battle of worldviews, sounding angry, dissonant chords even among fellow Christians. But civil, gracious dialogue is possible.
January 30, 2013 
Deborah Haarsma 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now, Lives of Faith 
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New Leadership for The BioLogos Foundation

New Leadership for The BioLogos Foundation

With great pleasure, the Board of Directors of The BioLogos Foundation announces the appointment of Deborah Haarsma to become our next President, and of Jeffrey Schloss to the role of Senior Scholar. Professor Haarsma assumes leadership from our outgoing President Darrel Falk, to whom we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude.
January 28, 2013 
 
Featuring Deborah Haarsma
 
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