Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

© 2007 by the American Scientific Affiliation



Roman J. Miller (Eastern Mennonite University) 4956 Singers Glen Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22802


Incoming Editor

Arie Leegwater (Calvin College)
Grand Rapids, MI 49546


Managing Editor

Lyn Berg (American Scientific Affiliation)
PO Box 668, Ipswich, MA 01938-0668


Book Review Editor

Richard Ruble (John Brown University)
212 Western Hills Dr., Siloam Springs, AR 72761


Incoming Book Review Editors

Rebecca Flietstra (Point Loma Nazarene University)

3900 Lomaland Dr.

San Diego, CA 92106


James C. Peterson (McMaster University Divinity College and Faculty of Health Sciences)

1280 Main Street West

Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1 Canada


Arie Leegwater (Calvin College)

1726 Knollcrest Circle SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4403


Editorial Board


Jerry D. Albert, San Diego Water Production Lab

Stephen Bell, University of Dundee, Scotland

Raymond H. Brand, The Morton Arboretum

Richard H. Bube, Stanford University

Jeanne Bundens, Eastern University

Harry Cook, The Kingís University College, Canada

Edward B. Davis, Messiah College

Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

John W. Haas, Jr., Gordon College

Walter R. Hearn, Berkeley, California

Russell Heddendorf, Covenant College

D. Gareth Jones, University of Otago, New Zealand

Christopher Kaiser, Western Theological Seminary

Gordon R. Lewthwaite, California State University, Northridge

H. Newton Malony, Fuller Theological Seminary

John A. McIntyre, Texas A&M University

Sara Miles, Eastern University

Keith B. Miller, Kansas State University

David Moberg, Marquette University

Stanley W. Moore, Pepperdine University

George L. Murphy, St. Paulís Episcopal Church, Akron, OH

Robert C. Newman, Biblical Theological Seminary

Evelina Orteza y Miranda, University of Calgary, Canada

Walter R. Thorson, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Peter Vibert, Wading River Congregational Church

John L. Wiester, Westmont College

Edwin M. Yamauchi, Miami University (Ohio)

Davis A. Young, Calvin College


Kelly A. Story, Copy Editor

Manuscript Guidelines


The pages of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith (PSCF) are open to original, unpublished contributions that interact with science and Christian faith in a manner consistent with scientific and theological integrity. Published papers do not reflect any official position of the American Scientific Affiliation.



Submit all manuscripts (except Book Reviews) to: ‚Arie Leegwater, Editor, Calvin College, De Vries Hall, 1726 Knollcrest Cir SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4403. E-mail: Submissions are typically acknowledged within 10 days of their receipt.



Authors must submit an electronic copy of the manuscript formatted in Word as an email attachment. Typically 2ñ3 anonymous reviewers critique each manuscript submitted for publication.



Use endnotes for all references. Each note must have a unique number. Follow The Chicago Style Manual (14th ed., sections 15.1 to 15.426).



While figures and diagrams may be embedded within the Word text file of the manuscript, authors are required to also send them as individual electronic files (JPEG or TIFF format). Figure captions should be provided as a list at the end of the manuscript text. Authors are encouraged also to submit a sample of graphic art that can be used to illustrate their manuscript.



ARTICLES are major treatments of a particular subject relating science to a Christian position. Such papers should be at least 2,000 words but not more than 6,000 words in length, excluding endnotes. An abstract of 50ñ150 words is required. Publication for such papers normally takes 9ñ12 months from the time of acceptance.


COMMUNICATIONS are brief treatments of a wide range of subjects of ‚interest to PSCF readers. Communications must not be longer than 2700 words, excluding endnotes. Communications are normally published 6ñ9 months from the time of acceptance.


NEWS & VIEWS are short commentaries on current scientific discoveries or events, or opinion pieces on science and faith issues. Lengths range from 200 to 1,500 words. Submissions are typically published 3ñ6 months from the time of acceptance.


BOOK REVIEWS serve to alert the readership to new books that appear significant or useful and engage these books in critical interaction. Guidelines for book reviewers can be obtained from the incoming book review editors. Note ‚respective subject areas:

   Rebecca Flietstra ( neuroscience, biology, environment, origins, anthropology, and social sciences.

   James C. Peterson ( theology, ethics, biblical studies, philosophy, apologetics, bioethics, genetics, and medical education.

   Arie Leegwater ( physical sciences, cosmology, mathematics, non-bio technologies, engineering, and history of science.

The viewpoints expressed in the books reviewed, and in the reviews themselves, are those of the authors and reviewers respectively, and do not reflect an official position of the ASA.


LETTERS to the Editor concerning PSCF content may be published unless marked not for publication. Letters submitted for publication must not be longer than 700 words and will be subject to editorial review. Letters are to be submitted as electronic copies. Letters accepted for publication will be published within 6 months.


ADVERTISING is accepted in PSCF, subject to editorial approval. Please address inquiries for rates or further information to the Managing Editor. The ASA cannot take responsibility for any orders placed with advertisers in PSCF.


AUTHORIZATION TO PHOTOCOPY MATERIAL for internal, personal, or educational classroom use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by ASA, ISSN: 0892-2675, provided that the appropriate fee is paid directly to Copyright Clearance Center, 222 Rosewood Dr., Danvers, MA 01923 USA for conventional use, or check CCC online at the following address: No registration with CCC is needed: simply identify the article being copied, the number of copies, and the journal title (Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith). For those who wish to request permission for other kinds of copying or reprinting, kindly write to the Managing Editor.