Astrophysicist to speak at Northwestern College

Dr. Deborah HaarsmaDr. Deborah Haarsma, an astrophysicist and president of BioLogos, will speak at Northwestern College on Tuesday, April 9. She will speak in the college’s chapel service at 11:05 a.m. and in an evening session at 7:30. Both events are free and open to the public.

Haarsma, a frequent speaker on modern science and Christian faith, has work published in several books. She and her husband, Dr. Loren Haarsma, wrote and published “Origins” in 2011. Prior to her work with BioLogos, an organization that invites the church and world to see the harmony between science and biblical faith, Haarsma served as a professor in and chair of Calvin College’s department of physics and astronomy.

During her presentations, Haarsma will discuss the intersection of faith and science. The morning lecture, titled “The Universe Declares the Glory of God,” will take place in Christ Chapel. The evening presentation, “Following Christ in a Scientific Age,” will take place in the Vogel Community Room of the DeWitt Learning Commons.

Haarsma earned a doctorate in astrophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an undergraduate degree from Bethel University.

Dr. Loren Haarsma, an associate professor in Calvin College’s physics and astronomy department, will give a morning lecture for the Northwestern campus community on Wednesday, April 10.

The Haarsmas’ presentations are part of Northwestern’s speaker series, Science as Faithful Witness, taking place during the inaugural year of the DeWitt Family Science Center. The series has featured scholars and accomplished Northwestern College science alumni.