Deborah Haarsma

Deborah Haarsma serves as the President of BioLogos, 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.

  • The Reliability of Historical Science

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    The Reliability of Historical Science | Deborah Haarsma

    Science is a process by which people gain knowledge and can employ a variety of different methods. Read More >

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  • Essentials of Creation: A Response to The Gospel Coalition

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    Essentials of Creation: A Response to The Gospel Coalition | Deborah Haarsma

    Certain beliefs about creation are essential to Christian faith, but evolutionary science should be something about which Christians can legitimately disagree.   Read More >

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  • Deb Haarsma on Seeing Christ in the Cosmos

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    Deb Haarsma on Seeing Christ in the Cosmos | Deborah Haarsma

    The “power reversal” of Christ’s Kingdom can help us understand Creation, too. Read More >

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  • Some Thoughts on the March for Science

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    Some Thoughts on the March for Science | Deborah Haarsma

    The mainstream practice of science is still our best shot at understanding God’s Creation. Read More >

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  • Merry Christmas!

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    Merry Christmas! | Deborah Haarsma

    From all of us at BioLogos, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Read More >

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  • 14 Billion Years of Love

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    14 Billion Years of Love | Deborah Haarsma

    A new song speaks of God’s love and power stretching across a vast and ancient universe. Read More >

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  • New Program to Develop Science and Religion Storytellers

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    New Program to Develop Science and Religion Storytellers | Deborah Haarsma

    Apply by May 15th for the Think-Write-Publish program if you’re interested in sharing your story of finding harmony between science and faith, and also developing your writing s... Read More >

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  • Celebrating the Reconciliation of the World

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    Celebrating the Reconciliation of the World | Deborah Haarsma

    This weekend, we remember how the Cross and empty tomb reconcile God with humankind, and foreshadow the transformation of all creation.   Read More >

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  • The Story Behind the Big Story

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    The Story Behind the Big Story | Deborah Haarsma

    Our video presentation of the history of the universe began with a breathtaking 15 minutes last July.  Read More >

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  • BioLogos Story in Slate

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    BioLogos Story in Slate | Deborah Haarsma

    On December 30, Slate ran a headline profile of BioLogos Managing Editor Brad Kramer.  Read More >

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  • BioLogos in 60 Seconds

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    BioLogos in 60 Seconds | Deborah Haarsma

    The challenges of defining BioLogos in the space of an elevator ride.  Read More >

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  • Giving Thanks to our Maker and Shepherd

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    Giving Thanks to our Maker and Shepherd | Deborah Haarsma

    Whether young or old, a new Christian or a longtime believer, we proclaim to each other that we have seen his love and we have known his goodness. We hope you’ll join with the B... Read More >

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  • Water on Mars Today

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    Water on Mars Today | Deborah Haarsma

    There is clear and compelling evidence that water exists in liquid form on Mars today.  We can't yet draw any conclusions about microbial life there. Read More >

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  • Welcome to the New Biologos.org!

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    Welcome to the New Biologos.org! | Deborah Haarsma

    The new website is designed for exploration.  Read More >

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  • BioLogos in the Leading Journal Nature

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    BioLogos in the Leading Journal Nature | Deborah Haarsma

    "In fostering such dialogue between theologians and scientists who are Christians, BioLogos is forging a middle ground between presentations of science that are antagonistic towards..... Read More >

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  • Response to Jim Stump’s Resignation from Bethel College

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    Response to Jim Stump’s Resignation from Bethel College | Deborah Haarsma

    We want to see Christian colleges encouraging their scholars to engage the scientific evidence that humans evolved and acknowledge this can be done while preserving biblical authority... Read More >

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  • Galaxies, Genes, and the Glory of God

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    Galaxies, Genes, and the Glory of God | Deborah Haarsma

    If you have ever struggled to communicate with a friend or family member about evolutionary creationism, or simply how science and faith mutually enrich each other, this lecture is ... Read More >

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  • Reflections on our Interview with Bill Nye

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    Reflections on our Interview with Bill Nye | Deborah Haarsma

     President Haarsma reflects on our big interview with Bill Nye, and explains how it relates to our mission. Read More >

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  • Remembering Jud Carlberg

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    Remembering Jud Carlberg | Deborah Haarsma

      President Haarsma reflects on the life and legacy of the late Dr. Jud Carlberg, former BioLogos board chairman. Read More >

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  • Reviewing Darwin’s Doubt: Conclusion

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    Reviewing Darwin’s Doubt: Conclusion | Deborah Haarsma

    Our series reviewing Darwin's Doubt concludes with a rejoinder to Stephen Meyer and a summary of the dialogue. Read More >

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  • Recent Discoveries in Astronomy

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    Recent Discoveries in Astronomy | Deborah Haarsma

    I had the privilege this week of attending the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle, Washington. Astronomers from all over the country and the world gathered... Read More >

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

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    A Seat at the Table: BioLogos at Evangelical Theological Society 2014 | Deborah Haarsma

    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. Read More >

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

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

    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 scien... Read More >

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  • Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Introduction

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    Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Introduction | Deborah Haarsma

    Meyer and the Discovery Institute seek to make the case for a designer in a purely scientific context. At BioLogos, we think that science is not equipped to provide a full apologetic. Read More >

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  • Seeing God in Everyday Work, Part 2

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    Seeing God in Everyday Work, Part 2 | Deborah Haarsma

    Christians disagree about the age of the earth and evolution – I know we don’t all agree in this room! But you know what? We all agree that the God of the Bible created th... Read More >

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  • Seeing God in Everyday Work, Part 1

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    Seeing God in Everyday Work, Part 1 | Deborah Haarsma

    Bethel was where I learned that the science that I loved could be a Christian calling. Before that I had a vague notion that truly serving God meant being a pastor or missionary. ... Read More >

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  • What Americans Think and Feel about Evolution

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    What Americans Think and Feel about Evolution | Deborah Haarsma

    Surveys find that only 8% of Americans are convinced creationists and only 4% are convinced atheistic evolutionists. The vast majority of Americans are not sure of their position. &n... Read More >

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  • Interpreting Adam: Introduction

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    Interpreting Adam: Introduction | Deborah Haarsma

    Four Views on the Historical Adam shows that evangelical Christians are far from agreeing on the particulars of Adam and Eve but the book also makes clear that there is strong agreeme... Read More >

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  • The Controversy at Bryan College

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    The Controversy at Bryan College | Deborah Haarsma

    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. Read More >

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  • Ham on Nye: Our Take

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    Ham on Nye: Our Take | Deborah Haarsma

      So who won? How did it go? Our response to the debate is not a blow-by-blow of the arguments made but rather a series of “big picture” reflections by BioLogos sc... Read More >

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  • BioLogos in One Sentence

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    BioLogos in One Sentence | Deborah Haarsma

    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 B... Read More >

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  • Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye

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    Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye | Deborah Haarsma

    “We expect that we’ll agree with most of what Bill Nye will say about the science of evolution... But we’re also brothers and sisters in Christ with Ken Ham.” Read More >

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  • And God Saw That It Was Good

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    And God Saw That It Was Good | Deborah Haarsma

    We must be cautious about what we attribute to the Fall. It’s too easy for us to take our conception of how we would make a good creation and assume that’s how God made it... Read More >

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  • A Perfect World?

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    A Perfect World? | Deborah Haarsma

    Whatever the effects of the Fall, they do not seem to have changed the basic laws of physics. Read More >

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  • Engaging Science in the Life of Your Congregation

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    Engaging Science in the Life of Your Congregation | Deborah Haarsma

    With so many issues to discuss, Christians can easily get the feeling that science is always attacking the faith.  Read More >

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  • Multiple Lines of Evidence for an Old Universe

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    Multiple Lines of Evidence for an Old Universe | Deborah Haarsma

    Astronomers have many different methods for measuring the age of various objects in the universe, and they all support ages of billions of years, not thousands.  Read More >

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  • Comparing Interpretations of Genesis 1

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    Comparing Interpretations of Genesis 1 | Deborah Haarsma

    Concordists: interpret every Bible verse to match the current scientific picture. Non-concordists: interpret every Bible verse that appears to disagree with science as figurative. Read More >

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  • Are Scientists Biased by Their Worldviews?

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    Are Scientists Biased by Their Worldviews? | Deborah Haarsma

    The competing models and arguments may have originated in differing worldview beliefs, but eventually the experiments and observations push the scientific community toward a consensus... Read More >

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  • Framing the Conversation

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    Framing the Conversation | Deborah Haarsma

    When Christians discuss creation, evolution, and design, it is easy to focus immediately on areas of controversy and disagreement. Read More >

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  • Dissonance and Harmony

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    Dissonance and Harmony | Deborah Haarsma

    ...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... Read More >

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  • New Leadership for The BioLogos Foundation

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    New Leadership for The BioLogos Foundation | Deborah Haarsma

    With great pleasure, the Board of Directors of The BioLogos Foundation announces Deborah Haarsma as our next President, and Jeffrey Schloss to the role of Senior Scholar.  Read More >

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  • Does Evolution Compromise Human Morality?

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    Does Evolution Compromise Human Morality? | Deborah Haarsma

    Once we have a scientific hypothesis for how something exists, it is tempting to make the philosophical inference that this is also why it exists. Read More >

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  • Recent Discoveries in Astronomy, Part 3

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    Recent Discoveries in Astronomy, Part 3 | Deborah Haarsma

    My Christian faith teaches me to react to this picture in a different way. This picture of the huge universe reminds me how big God is. Read More >

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  • Recent Discoveries in Astronomy, Part 2

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    Recent Discoveries in Astronomy, Part 2 | Deborah Haarsma

    Since God has revealed himself in both scripture and nature, we need to take both revelations seriously. Both revelations require human interpretation... Read More >

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  • Recent Discoveries in Astronomy, Part 1

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    Recent Discoveries in Astronomy, Part 1 | Deborah Haarsma

    In the last decade or two, our knowledge of the universe has grown dramatically as many new telescopes and spacecraft have come online...I feel God has called me to share these wonder... Read More >

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  • A BioLogos Response to Kenneth Keathley, Part 2

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    A BioLogos Response to Kenneth Keathley, Part 2 | Deborah Haarsma

    Keathley declares the historicity of Adam and Eve to be a “litmus test,” though for what exactly he does not say. Presumably he means for biblical orthodoxy, not for being... Read More >

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  • A BioLogos Response to Kenneth Keathley, Part 1

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    A BioLogos Response to Kenneth Keathley, Part 1 | Deborah Haarsma

    BioLogos would like to thank Dr. Keathley not only for his work in writing his introductory essay, but for his willingness to organize essays by other Southern Baptist scholars. &nbs... Read More >

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