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.

  • A Perfect World at the Beginning?

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    A Perfect World at the Beginning? | Loren Haarsma

    In Genesis 1 God does not declare the world “perfect”; he declares it “good.” And this good may not necessarily mean completely safe.  Read More >

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  • Creating Information Naturally, Part 2: Chance

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    Creating Information Naturally, Part 2: Chance | Loren Haarsma

    Random events can accumulate to turn simple, uniform environments into highly variable environments requiring a lot of information to describe. Read More >

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  • Creating Information Naturally, Part 1: Snowflakes, Chess, and DNA

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    Creating Information Naturally, Part 1: Snowflakes, Chess, and DNA | Loren Haarsma

    I’m fascinated by natural systems which become more complex over time via the interplay of law and chance—giving a glimpse into how God designs things.  Read More >

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  • Comparing Interpretations of Genesis 1

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    Comparing Interpretations of Genesis 1 | Loren Haarsma

    If God’s purposes in Genesis 1 did not include teaching scientific facts to the Israelites, then we should not look here for scientific information about the age or development ... Read More >

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  • The Reliability of Historical Science

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    The Reliability of Historical Science | Loren Haarsma

    Science is more than a body of knowledge. It is better described as a process by which people gain scientific knowledge and which includes three 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 (favoring science), but there are many ways in which, for Christians, Scripture provides the lenses through which we ... 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

    Loren Haarsma argues that the church should consider multiple theories of Original Sin because the theological stakes are high and the questions are challenging.   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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  • Multiple Lines of Evidence for an Old Universe

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    Multiple Lines of Evidence for an Old Universe | Loren Haarsma

    Over the past century astronomers have studied planets, stars, and galaxies and have found many strands of evidence that the universe is billions of years old. Read More >

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  • Are Scientists Biased by Their Worldviews?

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    Are Scientists Biased by Their Worldviews? | Loren Haarsma

    Some think scientists are purely objective: when they enter the lab, they set aside all prejudice and beliefs. But the history of science shows that one's worldview does influence sci... Read More >

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  • On Origins, Christians are More in Agreement Than They Think

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    On Origins, Christians are More in Agreement Than They Think | Loren Haarsma

    When Christians discuss creation, evolution, and design, it is easy to focus on the controversy and disagreement. We think it is important to point out areas on which nearly all Chris... Read More >

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  • Does Evolution Compromise Human Morality?

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    Does Evolution Compromise Human Morality? | Loren 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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