Annual Meeting of the
American Scientific Affiliation

Toronto, Ontario
July 26-29, 1996

Preliminary Programme


Field trips

Self-guided Metro Toronto tours


3 - 10 p.m., EDT


5 - 6 p.m.

6:30 - 8:45 p.m.

Welcome and Program Introduction

Toronto: A World Class City
Tony Carnes


The 21st Century City: The Shaking Apart of Civilization's Foundations?
Robert C. Linthicum, Executive Director, Partners in Urban Transformation

9 p.m.

Renew acquaintances with old friends and make new ones!


8:30 - 9 a.m.

Devotions and Prayer

9:10 - 10:25 a.m.

Section A
Environmental Stewardship

Stewardship: Why Perspectives Matter
Thaddeus J.Trenn, Victoria University

Greed, Need or Creed? Land Ethics in the Rural-Urban Fringe of Edmonton
Harry Spaling, The King's University College

Reclaiming Urban Brownfields: Technology and Policy
Jack C. Swearengen, Sandia National Laboratories

How Much Wilderness Is Enough? Perspectives from Conservation Biology and Christianity
Joseph Kenneth Sheldon, Messiah College

Section B
The Future of the Scientific Enterprise

The PEW EvangelicalScholars Program: Its Vision, Impact, and Future
Michael S. Hamilton, University of Notre Dame

Networking Christian Biologists
Gerald D. Hess, Messiah College

Extraterrestrial Hopes for Planet Earth
Joseph L. Spradley, Wheaton College

CyberASA: The ASA and the Internet
Terry M. Gray, Calvin College

Section C
Ethical and Moral Issues

Scientists as Moral Entrepreneurs and the Challenge of Self-Esteem
Kathleen M. Gow, president, KMG Associates

The Subject as Data-Producer vs. the Participant as Colleague:
The Ethics and Practice of Human Experimentation with "Voluntary" Students: A Christian Approach
John I. Bechtold, Messiah College

Changing Concepts of Sexuality as Population Becomes More Urbanized: Psychology, Biology, and Culture
Behavioral Services, Colorado Springs, CO

Creation Science and the Caring for Creation in Korea
Yang Seung-Hun, Kyungpook National University, Korea

10:45 a.m. - 12 noon

Section A
Conservation and Health

Rivers of Plastic and the River of Life
Charles E. Chaffey, University of Toronto

The Science of Water and the Water of the Bible: A Jakiean Analysis
Ted M. Beverley, Toronto

The Human Condition: Health Status of the Urban Culture
Stephen B. Ruble, Samford University

The Prostitution of Christianity and Science by the New Age Movement
in a Significant Segment of the Practice of Medicine
John F. H. Steward, M.D., Brockville, Ontario

Section B
The Biblical Foundation for Scientific Research Methods

The Great Commission and Research
David O. Moberg, Marquette University

Relationships in Research: Seeking Insights Through Parables
Dan Doorn and Maria Pacino, Azusa Pacific University

Reflections on Research from the Wisdom Literature
Peter L. Liu, Malone College

Research Methods and Proverbs 1-9
Donald Ratcliff, Toccoa Falls College

Section C
Religion and Community

Urbanisation, Christianity and Contributions to Social Capital:
Can Committed Christians Be IN the City but Not OF the City?
Donald C. Posterski, World Vision Canada
Andrew S. Grenville, Angus Reid Group, Toronto

Naturalism and the Anthropology of Religion
Paul K. Wason, Bates College

Asceticism as Cultural Critique
David J. Wood, United Baptist Church, Lewiston, ME

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

The City as God Proposes and Humanity Disposes: A Biblical Perspective
Robert C. Linthicum

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Section A
Canadian Religion and Society

Who Are These Canadians Some Would Call Evangelicals?:
An Overview of Evangelicalism in Canada
Andrew S. Grenville, Angus Reid Group
(Dedicated to the memory of George Rawlyk, 1935-1995)

Quebec Separatism's Threat to the Canadian Union: Causes, Consequences, Cures
Ted M. Beverley, Toronto

Defining the Limits of Multiculturalism in Urban Canada
Daniel H. Osmond, Toronto

Section B
Theory: Chaos and Other Issues

From Chaos to Chaos: Foundations for Mathematical Thinking
Jan de Koning, University of Toronto

Biblical Faith, Chaos Theory, Social Science and Post-Modernism
Walter C. Hobbs, consultant in Higher Education, East Amherst, NY

The Similarity of Theory Testing in the Historical and "Hard" Sciences
Keith B. Miller, Kansas State University

The Concept of Human Nature in Science and Theology
Jitse M. van der Meer, Pascal Centre, Redeemer College

Section C
Origins and the Flood

The Riddle of Life's Beginning on the Plant Earth
John M. Vayhinger, Behavioral Science, Colorado Springs

The Flood and Modern Science: A Literary Examination of Genesis 1-9
Shiv Chopra, Manotick, Ontario

Geological Evidences for the Biblical Worldwide Flood about 4,500 Years Ago
H. Donald Daae, Genesis International Research Association

The Origin of Species, Part II
Carl Resler, University of Texas

4:45 - 5:45 p.m.

Business Meetings

6:30 - 8:45 p.m.


Music by Lifted Voices Down to Earth
Christian drama, storytelling and media

9 p.m.

ASA Commission meetings on
The Future of Relationships between Christianity, Science and Science-related Professions

A. Affiliation of Christian BiologistsG. History of Science
B. Affiliation of Christian Geologists H. Industry
C. Bioethics I. Philosophy and Theology
D. Communications J. Physical Sciences and Environment
E. Creation K. Science Education
F. Global ResourcesL. Social Sciences


8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Christian Education

Section A
Bible Study and Theology

The City in the Bible
William B. Monsma, The MacLaurin Institute

The Rev. Dr. Graham Cotter, Anglican Church of Canada

A Hermeneutical Lesson from Sarah on the Relationship Between the Scriptures and Science
Denis O. Lamoureux, University of Alberta

Hindsight Translation of Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Dallas E. Cain, East Glenville Church, Scotia, NY

Section B
Christianity and Science

He Holds the Whole World in His Hands
Robert VanderVennen, Institute of Christian Studies

Is "Intelligent Design" Christian?
George L. Murphy, St. Mark Lutheran Church, Tallmadge, OH

Can Science Be Considered a Religion?
Boguslaw Lipinski, H.S.

Research Responsible Use of Scientific Knowledge
John Setchell, Rochester, NY

10 - 11:30 a.m.

Worship in Trinity Chapel

Sermon: Renewed Leadership in a Changing World
The Honorable Richard D. Christy, Mayor, City of Kitchener, Ontario

1 - 5 p.m.

Toronto Field Trip and Urban Workshop
Michael Krause, Director, Evergreen Division of the Yonge Street Mission
Gerald Vandezande, Executive Director, Citizens for Public Justice
Social Policies at the Edge of the 21st Century

6:45 - 9:30 p.m.

Politics and Christianity in Contemporary Society

The Crisis in Faith and the Crisis in Masculinity
The Honorable Richard D. Christy, Ph.D., Mayor, City of Kitchener, Ontario

Tony Carnes and Robert C. Linthicum

Mayor Christy

Discussion with the Audience


Checkout ll:00

Luggage will be stored

8:30 - 9 a.m.

Devotions and Prayer

9:10 - 10:30 a.m.


How Christians Can Make a Difference in the Emerging City
Robert C. Linthicum

10:45 a.m. - 12 noon

Section A
Urbanization and Community

Urbanization in Mainland China:
A Christian Response to Recent Trends
Michael Barbalas, OMF International

Shared Obstacles to Development: Third World LosAngeles and Third World Planet Earth
Stanley W.Moore, Pepperdine University

Foundations of Community for a Fragmenting World
Bradley G. Breems, Trinity Christian College

The Post Modern City: A Christian Response
Russell Heddendorf, Covenant College

Section B
The Bible and Research Methods

Philosophical and Technical Aspects Certainty of Faith and Probabilistic Science
Jerome D. Thayer, Andrews University

Theistic Science: A Response to Johnson and Moreland
James N. Behnke, Asbury College

New Testament Parallels: Impartiality, Consensus, and Delphi Methodology
Thomas Jefferson Pounders III, Ouachita Baptist University

Stimulus Relevance in the Context of 2 Peter 1:5
Michael J. Kelley, Society for Christianity in Addiction and Neurosciences

Section C

Ethnic and Social Structural Barriers to Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland
Craig Seaton, Trinity Western University

Bottom-Up or Top-Down?
Robert F. DeHaan, Philadelphia, PA

The Theology of Nature in Pictures
Paul Arveson, Research Physicist

1:15 - 3 p.m.
Depart to Serve!

1:30 - 6 p.m.

Field Trips in Toronto

A fascinating tour of Ethnic Toronto and Chinatown
guided and with commentary by Tony Carnes
(Cost: subway fares and optional dinner in Chinatown)

Self-guided sightseeing in Toronto and vicinity