Karl Giberson Moves On to Create More Time for Writing
In just two short years, BioLogos has emerged as the leading organization dedicated to the task of showing that the natural sciences and Christianity can co-exist in a manner that is mutually supportive—each enriching the other, in a harmonious relationship.
The BioLogos Foundation began with two grant proposals submitted to the John Templeton Foundation (JTF) by Dr. Francis Collins. The thrust of the first was the development of a website that would address Frequently Asked Questions posed to Francis in response to his bestseller, The Language of God. In November 2008, five months prior to the launch of the website, the vision of the project expanded into a new proposal which involved an all-out effort to show that science and the Christian faith are harmonious. By that point, Syman Stevens, (currently completing his PhD in the Philosophy of Physics at Oxford University) had joined Francis. As they developed the proposal, Karl was asked to join the effort and I followed soon thereafter. With that, and the subsequent approval of the grant, Karl became the Executive Vice-President of The BioLogos Foundation.
The first meeting of the team that went on to develop The BioLogos Foundation as we know it today was held in the home of Francis and his wife Diane on Valentine’s Day weekend, 2009. The energy level was electric—we all sensed that something of lasting significance was taking place. Karl’s wisdom, gained from many years of being at the center of the science-religion discussion, his creative ideas, which kept breaking out like popcorn, and his uncanny ability to make everyone laugh at the most unexpected times were essential components to the success of that weekend.
Without Karl at the beginning and in the two and a half years which followed, it is safe to say that BioLogos would not have been a success. Karl’s journalistic expertise, his sense of style, his high expectations, his sixth sense of what will and won’t work and, eminently, his scintillating writing have been key to the impact of BioLogos.
Karl has held three demanding positions over the past two and a half years. In addition to serving as the Executive Vice-President of The BioLogos Foundation, he has also been Professor of Physics at Eastern Nazarene College in Boston, and has been an extremely busy author/speaker working on five book projects. His first BioLogos book project, titled The Language of Science and Faith, co-authored with Francis, came out earlier this year and has already sold out the first printing of 10,000 copies. His biography of John Polkinghorne, titled Quantum Leap: How John Polkinghorne Found God in Science and Religion, and co-authored with Dean Nelson has just come out in England and will be out in the US in September. A third book, The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age, co-authored with Randall Stephens, will be published by Harvard University Press in October. A fourth book, The Wonder of the Universe: Hints of God in a Fine-Tuned World, is in the editorial process and will come out with InterVarsity Press in March 2012. The fifth book, And God Saw that it was Good, is 75% written and will be published by Paraclete Press in mid 2012.
Future book projects on the table include a co-authored project with Bill Dembski that will discuss different ways that Christians approach origins and a book looking at the creative ways that Christians have approached the question of Adam over the centuries. Both of these are in the planning stages.
Karl is leaving both of the former positions to create more time for writing. At some point he hopes to find a “writer in residence” position at a Boston area college, but for now he is happy with the “writer in his sunroom” position he currently holds. We at BioLogos are deeply appreciative of Karl’s seminal role in the formation and ongoing impact of this organization. So it is with gratitude we post the following statement from our founding Executive Vice-President, Dr. Karl Giberson:
Both Eastern Nazarene College and BioLogos have been wonderful professional experiences for me. I got to know a lot of interesting people and do some very interesting projects. But I have been thinking about my "bucket list" and want to explore some writing projects and see where that goes. I have been overextended for too many years. So I am moving on now, leaving both behind to create space for new projects. I wish BioLogos the best and will be a cheerleader and ally whenever I get the chance.
Darrel Falk is former president of The BioLogos Foundation. He transitioned into Christian higher education 25 years ago and has given numerous talks about the relationship between science and faith at many universities and seminaries. He is the author of Coming to Peace with Science.