Featured speaker Ben McFarland

ONLINE: Jubilee Conference 2021

Date and Time:February 27, 2021 10:00 AM — to February 17, 2021 6:00 PM EST

BioLogos Voices speaker Ben McFarland will present “Science and Faith in the Time of COVID-19” at the Jubilee Conference 2021. This event will be taking place virtually on Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern).

“COVID-19 challenged us to reveal what we really believe in, and it changed life away from normal in a way that continues to this day. Trusting God in the face of so much uncertainty requires faith in every area of life and in all kinds of vocations, including laboratory research. Join Ben McFarland, a professor in biochemistry and structural immunology at a Christian university, as he looks back on how God’s nature and faithfulness showed itself through the consistent science of viruses and health, even during this difficult and inconsistent year.

As the classroom and laboratory moved to a computer screen through remote learning, my students and I learned new things about the virus through research into its evolution. This research came from a conviction that God made the world in a way that we can take it apart and, by God’s grace, put it back together again with medicine and vaccines. The students who took part in this process created new knowledge that let us understand more about this virus. God gave us hope and healing, even in unprecedented times, through careful, humble science.”

This event is hosted by Jubilee. 

Featured speaker

Ben McFarland

Ben McFarland teaches biochemistry and chemistry at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. He grew up near Kennedy Space Center and wanted to be a paleontologist in the second grade. He received a dual B.S. in Chemistry and Technical Writing from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Biomolecular Structure and Design from the University of Washington. His research uses the rules of chemistry to redesign immune system proteins. In 2013 he received an Evolution and Christian Faith (ECF) grant from BioLogos to write A World From Dust: How the Periodic Table Shaped Life (Oxford University Press, 2016). He lives near Seattle with his wife Laurie and his children Sam, Aidan, Brendan, and Benjamin.