Featured speaker Deborah Haarsma

The Webb Telescope, God, and the Multiverse

Date and Time:November 12, 2022 — 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST
Organizer:West Michigan Chapter of the American Scientific Affiliation

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Join BioLogos President Deb Haarsma as she gives a public lecture entitled, “The Webb Telescope, God, and the Multiverse,” at Calvin University on November 12, at 7 pm.
The new Webb Telescope is showing us beautiful new vistas of planets, nebulae, galaxies, and the earliest epochs of our universe.  Yet research hints that our universe may be just a tiny part of a multiverse of imagination-staggering immensity—a prospect that has echoed in interesting ways throughout our society. From the widely successful Marvel superhero movies, to TikTok, to the frontiers of theoretical physics, the idea of a multiverse is impacting our view of the world.  What does science actually have to say about alternate universes? And how would the various multiverse theories intersect with our understanding of God, and of ourselves? Join us for a tour of our universe from the Webb Telescope and an exploration of the multiverse.

This event is hosted by the West Michigan Chapter of the American Scientific Affiliation.

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.