Deborah Haarsma: Christian Ministry in Pandemic Times

Date(s) - March 3, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Interface at Regent College offers lectures, articles and other resources that probe and preserve the relationship between theology and science—working toward healing the breach between these disciplines as they have taken shape in our late modern age. In 2020/2021, the Interface project focuses especially on promoting the engagement with science in ministry education at Regent College.

Join us on March 3 for a conversation between Dr. Deborah Haarsma and Regent’s Dr. David Robinson.

The pandemic has dramatically increased the levels of polarization and politicization around science. The word “science” has become a weapon in the culture wars; scientists are vilified and their findings ignored, while conspiracy theories go viral. Sadly, these dynamics are reaching our churches and are even magnified by faith leaders.  Yet we must be discerning about science; scientists don’t always get it right and we need far more than science to make good public policy decisions. When should and shouldn’t Christians listen to science?  How can Christians bring a faithful witness to the public square?  How do we address tensions and misinformation in our churches?  Used well, science and medicine can be gifts from God to enhance the church’s ministry in proclaiming the truth, caring for the sick, loving those we disagree with, bringing hope, and discipling the next generation.

Dr. Deborah Haarsma is President of BioLogos. She is a frequent speaker on modern science and Christian faith at research universities, churches, and public venues, and her writing appears in several recent books. As a research astronomer, Haarsma has studied galaxy clusters and the expansion of the universe using telescopes around the world and in orbit. She holds a PhD in astrophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Learn more about Interface at Regent College here.

This event is made possible through the support of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER). Regent College is currently participating in their Science for Seminaries program.


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