Loren Haarsma

Loren Haarsma earned a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University and did five years of postdoctoral research in neuroscience in Boston and in Philadelphia. He began teaching physics at Calvin College in 1999. His current scientific research is studying the activity of ion channels in nerve cells and other cell types, and computer modeling of self-organized complexity in biology and in economics. He studies and writes on topics at the intersection of science and faith, and co-authored Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design with his wife, Deborah.

  • The Reliability of Historical Science

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    The Reliability of Historical Science | Loren Haarsma

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

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  • Using Scripture to Interpret Science

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    Using Scripture to Interpret Science | Loren Haarsma

    The science–Scripture relationship can feel one–sided, but there are many ways in which, for Christians, Scripture provides the lenses through which we look at the natural... Read More >

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  • Why the Church Needs Multiple Theories of Original Sin (Part 2)

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    Why the Church Needs Multiple Theories of Original Sin (Part 2) | Loren Haarsma

    It is precisely this theological concern–for the goodness of God–that motivates some Christians to favor competing theories about how and when sin entered the world. Read More >

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  • The Christian Reformed Church votes to support scholarship on human origins

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    The Christian Reformed Church votes to support scholarship on human origins | Loren Haarsma

    We should celebrate the times that our churches and colleges encourage scholarship. I saw several delegates at Synod stand up and speak directly about the importance of supporting... Read More >

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  • Why the Church Needs Multiple Theories of Original Sin (Part 1)

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    Why the Church Needs Multiple Theories of Original Sin (Part 1) | Loren Haarsma

    "I believe the church is better served by taking its time, holding several different scenarios in tension for a while as we think through the implications of each.” Read More >

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  • And God Saw That It Was Good

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    And God Saw That It Was Good | Loren 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? | Loren 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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  • Multiple Lines of Evidence for an Old Universe

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    Multiple Lines of Evidence for an Old Universe | Loren 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 | Loren 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? | Loren 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 | Loren 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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