Recently on the UK blog “Thought Economics”, BioLogos president Deborah Haarsma was interviewed with other key figures in the science/faith dialogue including Alister McGrath, Justin Barrett and Fr. José G. Funes. They responded to a range of questions about the relationship of religion and science—questions like, “Does the structure of our universe point towards the existence of a God?” and “Has science impacted our understanding of God?”
It’s nice to see the responses laid out as a mix of voices from experts in physics, philosophy, and theology, most of whom have written for BioLogos before and have been thinking about these questions for a long time.
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.
Alister McGrath is professor of theology, ministry, and education and head of the Centre for Theology, Religion, and Culture at King’s College, London. He is also involved in theological research and the professional development of clergy from a range of Christian denominations. McGrath has written many books on theology and history, including Luther’s Theology of the Cross and Surprised by Meaning. McGrath is an ordained minister in the Church of England and spends his Sundays pastoring and preaching in a group of rural churches in the beautiful Cotswolds, close to his home in West Oxfordshire.