I was born and raised on the southern tip of Africa and came to Australia to do my PhD in Astrophysics. My PhD explored the formation and growth of a large elliptical galaxy within the context of the formation of the whole universe. I used special star clusters in that galaxy to determine all sorts of interesting things about its growth. I made some very pretty pictures of the sky using very large and specialised optical telescopes on the peak of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. If you want to look up those research papers you’ll find them publically available under my maiden name, Christina Blom. I am currently working on the data from a very large medical clinical trial run by Monash University academics.
I am raising two active and perceptive girls (aged 1 and 3) with my lovely husband, Dr Michael Smith. We live in Melbourne and are very privileged to have become Australian citizens just over a year ago. I became a child of God and citizen of his greater kingdom during my undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town.
Description: I want to talk about exactly how breathtaking and awe-inspiring the God-created universe is. Hopefully I can encourage some new and seasoned scientists to combine their joy in scientific discovery with their calling to share the good news of the risen Jesus Christ. I’ll talk about some of the ways that God has already prepared the hearts of many scientists, as he prepared mine. I’ll discuss some of the barriers to trusting Jesus that are particularly noticeable among scientists and then make some suggestions for continuing conversations despite those barriers. My thoughts have been shaped by my own journey to redemption through Christ and through trying to explain that journey to my fellow scientists.
Psalm 19 starts by describing how eloquent the skies are and continues with a description of how perfect the law of the Lord is. I argue that the study of God’s heavens and its ‘laws’, through astrophysics, can motivate a loving trust in Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit, even from an unbeliever’s starting point.