Featured speaker Deborah Haarsma

ONLINE: One Human Family: Christian Reflections on Racism and Science

Date and Time:March 03, 2021 12:00 AM — to March 20, 2021 1:00 PM PST
Location:, Virtual, ,
Organizer:Regent College Interface

BioLogos President and Voices speaker Deborah Haarsma will present “One Human Family: Christian Reflections on Racism and Science” on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at noon (PST). This virtual event is free and open to the public.

“The last year has brought front and centre the ongoing systemic racism in our culture. Many factors contribute to our racism, and sadly, science and medicine are a part of it.  Racial disparities in medical care and other services have caused COVID cases and deaths in the United States to be much higher among people of colour. ‘Science’ has been misused to justify atrocities such as the Tuskegee experiments and eugenics.  But the evidence from evolutionary biology and genetics does not justify racism. While genetics reveals minor differences in geographical ancestry groups, these genetic differences do not align with cultural racial categories such as ‘black,’ ‘Asian,’ and ‘white.’  In fact, genetics shows that we are a remarkably unified species. The scriptures go further, teaching that every person is made in the image of God and we are to love every neighbour.  Both God’s world and God’s word show us that we are one human family.”

Be sure to check two additional talks by Dr. Haarsma, hosted by Regent College:

“Christ and the Cosmos: The Universe Seen through the Eyes of Biblical Faith” on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7:00 PM (PST) (more information)

“Christian Ministry in Pandemic Times” on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 4:00 PM (PST) (more information)

These events are hosted by Regent College Interface.

Featured speaker

Deb Haarsma

Deborah Haarsma

Deborah Haarsma is President of BioLogos. She is an astronomer and frequent speaker on modern science and Christian faith at research universities, churches, and public venues like the National Press Club. Her work appears in several recent books, including Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Design and Christ and the Created Order.  She wrote the book Origins with her husband and fellow physicist, Loren Haarsma, presenting the agreements and disagreements among Christians regarding the history of life and the universe.  She edited the anthology Delight in Creation: Scientists Share Their Work with the Church with Rev. Scott Hoezee. Previously, Haarsma served as professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Calvin University. She is an experienced research scientist, with several publications in the Astrophysical Journal and the Astronomical Journal on extragalactic astronomy and cosmology. She has studied large galaxies, galaxy clusters, the curvature of space, and the expansion of the universe using telescopes around the world and in orbit.  Haarsma completed her doctoral work in astrophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her undergraduate work in physics and music at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She and Loren enjoy science fiction and classical music, and live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.