Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Henderson Conference 2014

Galaxies, Genes, and the Glory of God

On Friday, May 2, 2014, Deborah Haarsma will present "Galaxies, Genes, and the Glory of God: Intersections of Science and Christian Faith," for the annual Henderson Conference. Dr. Haarsma is president of BioLogos Foundation in Grand Rapids, Mich. These lectures will be held on the Seminary's campus and are free and open to the public.

  • 11:00 a.m. "Engaging Science in the Life of Your Congregation" Science and technology are integral to modern western life, yet Christians are often perceived to be opposed to science. How can this stereotype be corrected? What could it look like to engage science more effectively in local churches? Science can enhance the church’s ministry in evangelism, discipleship, environmental stewardship, and service to the poor. Most of all, science can enrich our worship of the God who created it all.

  • 2:00 p.m. "Christian Perspectives on Creation, Design, Evolution, and Human Origins" Christians today hold a range of views on origins. The most prominent debates are between young earth creationism and atheistic evolution; this talk will review other positions, including old earth creationism, intelligent design, and evolutionary creationism. Come for an introduction to the key scientific evidence around origins from astronomy, geology, paleontology, and genetics, and how it all intersects with the Bible and human significance.

  • 4:00 p.m. "God and the Universe" The psalmist wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God.”  What is modern astronomy revealing about God? The discoveries of the last 100 years have transformed our understanding of the universe and its expansion, and even introduced the possibility that our universe is part of a much larger multiverse. Come for a tour of a universe, from extrasolar planets to baby stars, from galaxies to dark matter, all seen through the eyes of faith.


If you plan to attend the lectures, please register HERE. The lectures are free and open to the public but it is helpful for us to have an idea of anticipated attendance. Contact the Seminary’s Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@pts.edu for more information.

Speaker Bio

Deborah Haarsma is president of BioLogos. She wrote Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design with her husband and fellow physicist, Loren Haarsma, and edited the anthology, Delight in Creation: Scientists Share Their Work with the Church, with Rev. Scott Hoezee. Previously, she served as professor and chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Calvin College, with several publications on extragalactic astronomy and cosmologyHaarsma earned a Ph.D. in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About the J. Hubert Henderson Conference

The Rev. J. Hubert "Hub" Henderson was a member of the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for 27 years, serving as President of the Board for part of that time. A graduate of Muskingum College and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Dr. Henderson came to Green Tree, Pa. to begin his second pastorate in 1944. He remained at the Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church until his retirement 35 years later, in 1979. He taught a deep commitment to the church to a steady flow of seminarians, who came to Wallace each year for their field education, as well as to the congregation that loved him. Congregations, colleagues in ministry, family, and friends have joined together to establish this memorial conference in memory of "Hub."