VOLUME 16, NUMBER 5              OCTOBER 1974


Historic? Well, what other ASA meeting convened less than two weeks after a U. S. President resigned in disgrace? Or heard a banquet address by an ASA president Just returned from a round-the-world mission? Or met so far south that grits and gravy were on the menu? Or heard so many Weiss-cracks among the official announcements? Or were welcomed by the host city's highest official presenting a key to the city? Or had such a full program that somebody forgot to schedule a formal annual business meeting?

Of course, "rabbi-in-residence" Harold Hartzler makes history every year, just by being the only person who has ai-tended all Annual Meetings of the American Scientific Affiliation. This was his (and ASA's) 29th. Patriarch John Howitt was there, too, with almost as good a record, all the way from Toronto. So were about 90 other registrants from 20 states and provinces, plus a number of family members who didn't register. Those we've heard from said it was a good meeting, even if they didn't use the term "historic."


ASA Annual Meetings offer so much variety that they're practically indescribable --even if you were there. We won't try to describe one that we had to miss. We thank all our reporters for giving us their Impressions, especially Jack Haas, Harold Hartzler, and Bill Sisterson. They didn't always agree on their evaluations of the papers presented, but they did agree that the hospitality was unsurpassed by that of any previous ASA meeting. Mrs. Betty Otwell, in charge of housing drew praise, as did the whole families of Don Beaver and Kurt Weiss. Kurt's son Tom handled the children's program. He also ran a shuttle service between Oklahoma City airport and Bethany College in the suburb of Bethany, where the meeting was held.

Program chairman Ed Olson had done most of his work before the meeting began, but nobody described R6'-aslooking relaxed during the meeting. The controversial subject matter this year led to a wide variety of styles in the papers. We gather that some papers were ponderous with data, on "geologic dating," for instance. Others, including some on "time and the earth" were almost light-headed with speculation. Some of the papers on ethical problems provoked vigorous discussion. We'll play it safe and not give any third-order impressions. You'll see many of these papers in JASA eventually, anyway. (No comment on field trips. Reporters probably so zonked from night-owling discussions that they took naps instead. Geologist's lullaby: "Rock-a-bye, baby")

If there was too much diversity in papers, there may have been too much unity in people! For instance, the widely distributed 45-minute Films-for-Christ production, "Footprints in Stone," was screened and evaluated by a panel consisting of geologists Wayne Ault and Douglas Block and biologist Dan Wonderly. In general the panel was critical of the conclusions of the film, which investigates alleged overlapping of human and dinosaur footprints in a Texas riverbed and concludes that the standard evolutionary time sequence must be grossly in error. There seemed to be few geologically trained people in attendance to support the viewpoint of the film. If we can keep controversies from dividing the family of Christ, it seems better to air them than to bury them.

And of course, the spiritual unity, that love that covers a "multitude of opinions," is what is most characteristic of ASA meetings. Morning devotions led by chemist Dewey Carpenter, physicist Whit Marks, and physician John Stewart set the tone this year. And Bill Sisterson's sessions on specific action projects, about which we'll be hearing more, focused on the practical dimensions of our oneness in Christ.

For, like our "historic Exemplar," ASA is here not to be served, but to serve real needs of real people.


The 141st meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will be held in New York City, January 26-31, 1975. Symposia will center around the theme, "Science and the Quality of Life." The New York/New Jersey Metropolitan section of the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) is planning an informal gettogether during that meeting. Scientists and others interested in the theme, "Christ and the Quality of Life" are invited to attend,.

The AAASASA affair will be held at the home of Ken Olson. 55 Crane Street, Caldwell, New Jersey 07006. This is 45 minutes by a convenient bus from downtown New York City, and will give people attending the AAAS meeting a chance to get out of the concrete jungle into quieter surroundings for some Christian fellowship. Ken says his house was built around 1850 and is always open to guests. The local section will be working out a date and time for the meeting, to announce in the December ASA News. Ken would appreciate hearing from any of you "out there" who'plan to attend the AAAS this year.

And keep in mind the 1975 ASA ANNUAL MEETING being planned already for San Diego, California. The dates are August 18-21, 1975. Make it a family vacation. There's a lot more to do on the way to San Diego than just visiting Disneylandl


Harness H. Harold Hartzler and you solve the energy crisis. Or at least it seems that way-. Like the rest of us, Harold is concerned about increasing the membership of our Affiliation until we become self-sustaining. However, unlike most of us, Harold keeps working at it. From September 1973 to September 1974, for instance, Harold wrote a total of 723 letters to prospective ASA members, and in the month of September 1974 he wrote 548 more!

Harold, physics professor at Mankato State in Minnesota, was for many years ASA's Executive Secretary. He has always had a vision for the American Scientific Affiliation as a significant witness for Christ in the scientific community. And he seems to stay far ahead of the rest of us in bringing it to pass.


ASA is jointly sponsoring or cooperating with a number of projects of the Christian Medical Society this year. The first one is a Colorado family conference at The Navigators' Headquarters, Glen Eyrie, in Colorado Springs, October 11-13. Theme for this retreat is "Freedom, Responsibility, and Power$" with Joseph Bayly of David C. Cook Publishing Company as main speaker. The Christian Legal Society is co-sponsoring the retreat with CMS and ASA. Representing ASA will be Bill Sisterson, our executive secretary.

January 8-11, 1975, are the dates of a CMS-sponsored conference on "Demonology: A Theological, Psychological, Medical Symposium on the Phenomena Labeled as 'Demonic."' This symposium will be held at the Center for Continuing Education at Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana. Although the symposium is not open to the public, many organizations such as ASA have been invited to send official observers. On the tentative program we spotted several ASA members, including psychologist Gary Collins, president of ASA, Among others were historian John W. Montgomery, and psychiatrists David F. Busby and Basil Jackson.

Finally, for the summer of 1975, a conference on "Human Engineering and the Future of Man" is being planned by CMS, along with eight other major evangelical organizations. ASA is well represented on the Advisory Council. At least we recognized the names of geneticist V. Elving Anderson, biochemist Robert Herrmann, psychiatrist E. Mansell Pattison, and theologian Bernara Ramm.


A little over a year ago, ASA News mentioned Joseph Calhoon's research in archaeology as it related to the Great Pyramid of Giz . a and biblical prophecies. Now we have learned from Mrs. Calhoon that her husband passed away on July 25, 1975. A retired engineer, Joe conducted an Institute for Archaeological Research from his home in Placentia, California. He was 76.

Our sympathy goes to Mrs. Calhoon, whose testimony of her late husband is that "he was very dedicated to his work and sought to honor the Lord in all he did."


!L. ("lack!) McIntyre, professor of physics at Texas A&M University and recent past president of ASA, is the author of The Appeal of Christianity to a Scientist, a 251~_ booklet just released by Inter-Varsity Press. Jack gives a clear and compelling account of how he was drawn to Jesus Christ. Originally published in Christianity Today in 1968, his testimony needed only slight revision to bring it up to date.

IVP publications are sold at Logos Bookstores and hundreds of other bookstores across the country. We hope this booklet will also be made available through ASA's national office for wide distribution by ASA members, particularly to science-oriented Students. (Note from office: We will carry this booklet. See enclosed notice.)

Editor Jim Sire of IVP promises several other publications of interest to ASA members t1d-sk-all, including new books by communications theorist Donald MacKay and biologist Oliver Barclay, both of the Research Scientists Christian Fellowship of England.


Robert E. VanderVennen has moved to Toronto, Ontario, to become executive director of the Association for the Advancement of Christian Scholarship. The AACS carries out an extensive program of adult education and operates a small graduate school near the U. of Toronto called the Institute for Christian Studies* ' Calvin Seerveld (aesthetics) and Bernard Zylstra (political theory) are two of the eight senior members of the Institute, which offers masters and doctors programs in theology, philosophy, psychology, history & historiography, and aesthetics & theory of art literature. Bob Vander Vennen, a chemist and former dean of Trinity Christian College in Chicago, has long advocated that our Christian faith should be shown "in all aspects of academic study, not just peripherally but also intrinsically; If you will, tradically."' Inquiries from qualified students who share Bob'"s conviction are invited by Institute for Christian Studies, 229 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 145T lR4.


Leprosy, mentioned frequently in the Bible, was the first human disease to be directly related to an infecting bacterium. But it still evades effective control because the bacillus cannot
be cultured and until recently could not be grown to a significant extent in laboratory animals. At last month's 3rd World Congress of the International Society for Tropical Medicine in Sao Paulo, Brazil, it was reported that a nine-banded armadillo was successfully infected in 1971 in Louisiana. From the leprous tissues of one massively infected armadillo, enough lepromin (a crude antigen preparation) could be prepared to use for the diagnosis of 15 million people.

Lepromin is used to determine how much resistance a patient has to leprosy infection Chemical & Engineering News (9 Sept. 1974) reports that the reagent has been in critically short supply because it could be made only from leprous tissues of untreated human patients. According to the C&EN report, the ISTM Congress was told by Wayne M. Meyers of the University of Hawaii that his field trials on leprosy patients in the Republic of Zaire show the armadillo lepromin to be as effective as human lepromin. Wayne, who has both PhD (microbiology) and M.D. degrees, has devoted some 20 years to leprosy research.


This series emphasizes the innovative process rather than the outcome of efforts to serve God and people with our imagination, education, and technical experience. The experiments we describe are usually small operations designed to meet individual human needs or solve local problems. Sometimes the experiments don't work, or don't last long if they do. Once in a while something that started small grows into something big. Our Lord has a remarkable sense of timing, so Christians should learn to expect the unexpected.

We're used to seeing ASA members mentioned in scientific periodicals. But we admit we were a bit startled to see Vernon J. Ehlers mentioned in an August 23 Science editorial on "Mr. Ford and Science Policy."We had just had the strange experience of being in a foreign country while our government was falling into its own pit. It was maddening to hear a single sentence about resignation rumors from Washington D. C. sandwiched between reports of Canadian labor unrest and hockey scores. So we had Just finished catching up from four weeks of news magazines, pondering whether our new president might really be a Christian, when we picked up the editorial on his attitudes toward science. In the middle, this paragraph jumped out at us:

"In January 1972, Mr. Ford (then a congressman) responded to a letter from one of his constituents, Professor Vernon Ehlers of Calvin College. Ehlers had suggested that Mr. Ford meet with a local committee of scientists to discuss national issues involving science and technology. Mr. Ford subsequently met with the group on about six occasions. Ehlers reports that Mr. Ford was open to suggestions and quick to grasp significant arguments. When he disagreed with proffered advice, he gave his reasons. Mr. Ford continued to meet with the group until becoming Vice President.

We thought we'd make a little squib for ASA News out of that--until next week, when we picked up the August 30 issue of Science. There on p.. 765 was a photograph of Vernon Ehlera and Gerald Ford taken last spring in the Vice President's office. At least a third of the news story on "President Ford: Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue" dealt with the scientific advisory committee Vern had set up for Congressman Ford. Squib, Schmib! We fired off a letter to Vern to find out how all this had happened.

According to the Science story, Vern attended the 1972 meeting of the American Physical Society and heard Representative Mike McCormack (D-Wash.), a physicist, suggest that APS members should seek out congressman and advise them on science policy issues. Vern says:

"I don't remember whether Mike McCormack gave any specific suggestions or not. However, I'd been thinking of the desirability of such a scientific advisory committee for some time, and McCormack's comments gave me enough of a push to actually do something about it. I wrote to Mr. Ford, who was then my Congressman, while I was on sabbatical leave at the University of Colorado. I told him I thought such a committee might be useful for him and volunteered to put together a committee for him after I returned to Calvin College. Within three days I received a phone call from Ford's administrative assistant expressing interest in the proposal. Two days later this was followed by a personal letter from Mr. Ford giving an enthusiastic response to my letter and asking if I could possibly organize a committee before I returned from Colorado. Since I happened to be going to Washington a few weeks after that, I met with Mr. Ford on that visit and we sketched out the structure and function of the co ittee. Mr. Ford was quite willing to give me a completely free hand in organizing the committee and made it clear that he would trust my judgment in appointing the members."

"I proceeded to put together the committee out of people residing in Ford's Fifth Congressional District in Michigan (that was the only restriction placed on the composition of the committee). I tried to find people who were competent scientists but also knowledgeable about and interested in public affairs. I also tried to get a broad spectrum of scientific abilities on the committee. Initial appointments were Dr. ' John Van Zytveld (physics, Calvin College); Dr. Carl Bajema (genetics & environmental problems, Grand Valley State College); Dr. Gordon Van Horn (biology, Calvin College); Mr. Edwin Krug (engineering, Lear Siegler, Inc.); and myself."

Had Vern worked for Gerald Ford politically or had any other contact with him before this? "I had only a passing acquaintance with Mr. Ford, which I doubt had much to do with his eagerness to accept my suggestions. I had, through providence, shared an airplane seat with him at one time, and had also dropped in to see him at his office once to give my opinion about science-related national affairs."

Ford met with the Ehlers committee some eight times before being nominated as Vice President in October 1973. The meetings took place on Saturday mornings when the congressman was home on visits to Grand Rapids, and lasted 30 to 90 minutes. According to-the report in Science (written by Luther J. Carter), Ford initiated a few of the meetings himself. In one instance he solicited the committee's advice on budgetary priorities for science and technology. In another, he sought its reaction to the White House decision abolishing the President's Science Advisory Com ittee and designating the NSF head as science advisor. According to Vern:

"We discussed a wide range of issues, ranging from strip mining through the energy crises, to national policy concerning basic scientific research. We found Mr. Ford to be an excellent listener and very perceptive person. The meetings were enjoyable, with good informal discussions of substantive issues. Quite often I would follow up the meeting by sending Mr. Ford a summary of the committee's thinking as I bad perceived it during the meeting."

Vern and one of the committee's biologists had a particular interest in environmental matters, having served on the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, a local group with a highly successful impact on legislative matters. The Action Council drafted the first law which allowed citizens to sue polluters. By dint of hard work they also persuaded the Michigan legislators to pass that bill into law. The Michigan law has served as model legislation for a number of states and is currently being considered by some committees in the U.S. Congress. The Action Council is now trying to get a returnable-bottle bill through the state legislature. Vern had been elected to the Council some years ago and is currently serving on the legal arm of the Council, called the West Michigan Environmental Protection Foundation. The Foundation files suits against individuals and corporations violating the state's Pollution land use, or water resources laws. Vern says that Ford was sympathetic to environmental attitudes but seemed to have trouble reconciling them with his traditional view that "growth is good."

Vern thinks that his work an the science advisory committee was well worth the effort, but he warns: "If one takes this task seriously, one can invest a tremendous amount of work in providing good advice. An an example, I knew nothing about strip mining, but took it upon myself to learn something about it when Mr. Ford asked our advice. We certainly couldn't do all our homework which we should have done under ideal circumstances, but I always consoled myself with the thought that any advice we gave was probably better than no advice at all."

Service on the committee may have had a lasting effect on Vern's life. He had been interested in Political matters for some time but hadn't been heavily involved in Political
activities before he suggested the committee. But this past summer he was elected to the Republican nominee for county commissioner from his district. He had a tough fight against three better-known individuals, but Vern thinks that vigorous Campaigning and injecting new issues into the campaign were factors in his favors Since his district is largely Republican, Vern expects to win in November without much difficulty. He says: "Itm looking forward to my first experience in elective office with anticipation. I think this is an area where Christians can make an impact."

Many Christians in the U.S. are praying for our new President, cheered by small hints in the press that Gerald Ford may indeed be a brother in Christ. One of Ford's sons is a seminary student at Gordon-Conwell. But we've been fooled before, so we're cautious in making our assessments. We asked Vern if he felt that the President demonstrated ethical or perhaps even spiritual sensitivity during their contacts: He replied:

"We didn't get involved in discussion of many ethical issues of science and technology with Ford. I believe he is sensitive to these issues, and in fact is a 'spiritually sensitive' person, to use your words. He had a personal experience a few years ago which resulted in a strong revitalization of his faith. Since that time, he has taken his faith very seriously and has attempted to apply it to his daily life."

Thank you, Vern, for your informative and encouraging account. We're sending a dozen copies of our "Scientist's Psalm" greeting cards to the Right Honorable County Commissioner, Dr. Vernon J. Ehlers, % Physics Department, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. ASA News will send a dozen to you, too, if you send us an account we can use in HOW TO START SOMETHING. Even if you don't know the President of the United States.


Sim D. Lessley of the Chemistry Department of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, contributed to our search for the facts behind bizarre statements attributed to one "N. Jerome Stowell" (Aug. 1974 ASA News, p. 6), Sim sent us a copy of an evangelistic tract he picked up in the Portland, Oregon, area about eight years ago. It includes the entire text of The Strange Testimony of a Scientist plus an opening and a closing paragraph not in the version Fred Kremkau sent us, This version is entitled A Scientist Discovers God: The Testimony of Dr. Jerome Stowell. It seems to be tract number M4-27, available from "Old Paths Tract Society, Shoals, Indiana." The credit line says "Taken from The Midnight Cry."

Are there any new clues here about who the author might be? Sim calls attention to the introductory paragraph: "Here is one of the most amazing scientific discoveries of all times and a conversion surely as great as that of Saul of Tarsus! Dr. N. Jerome Stowell was a scientist working on terrible devices for the destruction of mankind. His previous experiment made him concerned in regard to his relations to God. His wife took a trip and in his loneliness he prayed to God that He would make Himself manifest. Doctor Stowell knelt for prayer ... and had a born again experience ... has given up his work and is busily engaged witnessing as to the goodness and greatness of God."

Who was Stowell? Was he really a scientist? Does the Old Paths Tract Society still exist? What was The Midnight Cry? Be a detectivel Help us track this down.


Christian Leadership Letter is a monthly ministry of World Vision International, sent free on request to individuals (not group lists) who want to improve their management skills for better service to Christ. For example, the July 1974 issue discussed budgeting; the August issue urged delegation of responsibility by Christian leaders. Editors are Ted W. Engstrom, World Vision's executive vice president, and Ed Dayton, director of World Vision's MARC (Missions Advanced Research and Communication Center). Engstrom and Dayton also conduct two-day seminars on "Managing Your Time" for pastors and leaders in Christian organizations.

Ed says World Vision would be glad to send this letter to any ASA member to whom it may be helpful. Although current individual copies are sent at no charge, those desiring to have the complete set of 12 from 1973 may obtain them by sending a check for $3 to the Christian Leadership Letter, 919 West Hungtington Drives Monrovia, CA 91016.


E. Lindquist, professor of psychology at Fresno State College, Fresno, California, is also executive director of the Leadership Development Program of the Link-Care Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to solving the "missionary dropout problem!' by both rehabilitation and prevention. The Foundation has purchased a 141-unit apartment complex with a community center on a 10-acre gardenlike tract in Fresno (roughly halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco). The apartments will eventually house candidates for mission assignment, returning missionaries or other Christian workers who need psychological help, and live-in counselors and other trained staff workers.

In a recent report, Stan says that fifty percent of missionaries suffer disabling emotional stress during their first tour of duty which incapacitates them for continuing service. -A pilot program of rehabilitation has shown that Link-Carets program is effective in restoring such individuals to Christian service. The internship program, designed to prevent "breakdowns" by subjecting candidates in advance to typical mission-field stresses in the supportive environment of a therapeutic community, is just beginning.

Contributions to the non-profit Link-Care Foundation (1734 West Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93705) are income-tax deductible, and would be welcomed.


Thirteen tapes of seminars and papers given at the May 1974 Santa Barbara conference of the Western Association of Christians in Psychological Studies are available at $5 per tape to nonmembers and $2.50 per tape to WACPS members. The tapes include Bruce Narramore on the psychology of guilt, John Carter on Christian psychology today (critiques of Jay Adams and Bill Gothard), James Oakland on self-actualization and sanctification, Willard Harley on Christian counseling centers, and Newton Malogy on a theology for organization development.

A complete list of the tapes, and the tapes themselves, may be obtained from the chairman of the WACPS Publications Committee: Dr. H. Newton Malony, Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, 177 North Madison Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91001.

Persons interested in membership in the association should write to (the WACPS nest) Dr. Craig W. Ellison., Department of Psychology, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA 93103.


James Hefley and his wife Marti are freelance writers based in Signal Mountain, Tennessee. Together they've spent nine years researching and writing a biography of William Cameron Townsend, founder of Wycliffe Bible Translators and the Summer Institute of Linguistics. Uncle Cam (Word Books, Waco, 1974. Cloth, 272pp., $6.95) is about a remarkable Christian pioneer who is still going strong at age 78. The Hefleys' thoroughness, which took them to all the places where Townsend worked, their respect for their subject, and their own skill as writers show in this carefully prepared book.

In 1917, before finishing college, Cameron Townsend went to Guatemala to spend a year distributing Bibles. Contact with Christians among the Cakchiquel Indians sparked a desire to give his new friends the Bible in their own language. Cam never got back to college. But his own linguistic work and his vision of what dedicated Christian linguists could do for tribal people around the world mark him as one of the world's most competent college dropouts. He wanted science (linguistics) and technology (aviation, especially) used to help the lowliest people in the name of Christ. Somehow he got the job underway, refusing to be distracted by theological quibbles, political tensions, or diplomatic red tape. He trusted God, worked hard, and used his imagination to "serve the Lord and serve the people."

A number of ASA members over the years have served Christ with various skills through Wycliffe. There is room for more, since Uncle Cam's dream is not yet fulfilled: to give every person the Bible in his own language. (See POSITIONS LOOKING FOR PEOPLE) But for any of us in any situation, Cameron Townsend's pattern of pragmatic devotion to Christ would be a good trail to follow.


If Mary Cummings, wife of Bradley University chemistry professor Tom Cummings, wasn't pulling our sea-leg, we should have a whale of a yarn fpr next issue. Tom took his whole family to spend a sabbatical year doing research at the U. of Birmingham, England. On July 24, Mary sent ASA News an airletter from Birmingham saying that Tom had left England on May 31 in-a 26-foot boat,  intending to sail back across the Atlantic-with three of their four kids as crew members. Mary said, "we heard from them last Just before departure from Teneriffe (Canary Islands) on

Avast, Cap'n Tom. Don't keep us in suspenders. If you made it, let us hear from you*


The faith of several ASA members and their families is being tested by their difficulties in finding teaching jobs in spite of excellent qualifications and much experience. Both have been overseas and therefore out of touch with the academic job market. How about a note of encouragement from some brothers in Christ who've survived hard times? Better yet, how about a lead on some jobs for these guys? (Note that both have changed addresses since their first notice in ASA News.)

Bryan Duncan (Central Luzon State University, Munoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines), PhD in parasitology & microbiology, has teaching and Peace Corps experience. Details: Oct. 1973 ASA News, p. 9. Bryan writes: "We've been serving God in the Peace Corps for two years and will return to the States in December with our mission accomplish4 providing we find a job ... In moments of weakness I think we took a real risk in 'burning our bridges* (i.e., no leave of absence or sabbatical to return from), but as we place our faith in God it should be no risk at all. I say this to you as a reminder to myself. Thanks for listening."

Al Fairbanks (1148 Meadowbrook Circle West, Allentown, PA 19103), PhD in biophysics, has 10 years of teaching biology courses at Haigasian College, Beirut, Lebanon. Details: Aug. 1973 ASA News, p. 8. When Al returned to the U.S. he discovered that over 200 people had applied for the job he had corresponded about at a Michigan college. The only fairly definite offer he's had, a part-time lab teaching job, won't feed his family. Al writes: "I am still confident that the Lord will take care of us and may have something quite outside my thinking...My wife and I have had a number of indications in little things of the Lord's care for us. So I think we can commit the bigger things to Him in just the same way."


Taylor University in Indiana seeks applications from PhD's in sociology for a position to be open in September 1975. "Good opportunity for an empirical sociologist in a growing department." Contact Dr. Robert D. Pitts, Dean, Taylor University, Upland, IN 46989 (Received 22 July 1974).

Wycliffe Bible Translators needs elementary and secondary school teachers in its schools around the world, according to Dan Harris2n, who has served since 1970 as superintendent of Children's Education for all of Wycliffe's schools. Recently Dan was asked to move from his teaching post in Papua New Guinea, to Wycliffe's international headquarters in southern California to give full time to his duties as superintendent. One of his duties is to communicate to the Christian public that Wycliffe needs teachers. "Any interested educators should write to Wycliffe Bible Translators, Huntington Beach, CA 92648" (Received 9 Sept. 1974).


Now that the 1974 Annual Meeting is history, I have to begin work immediately for the 1975 meeting. We will make a lot of changes in the 1975 meeting, especially in the program. If you have suggestions of things you would like to see in our Annual Meeting please write to me and we will take them into consideration. I leave this week to spend two weeks in California to set up the planning for 1975. Please pray with us that we will follow God's leading. We hope for considerable help from members in the San Diego area.

The Executive Council made firm decisions to move ahead on a number of important projects including a speaker's bureau, collection of course outlines on science and Christianity subjects, an expanded book service, and development of local sections. You will hear more about these as we get into them this fall and winter. If you are interested in any of these projects please let me know - we could really use the help with our limited resources.

The Growth Plan results have been trailing off a little this fall although we continue to exceed previous year's results on a weekly basis. One goal that I am shooting for is to get the percent increase for each area over 50% since the start of the plan last November. We still have until the end of the year and so far three areas have gone over this goal out of the 25 areas in North America working in the plan. Will you work to recruit one new member by the end of the year? It wouldn't take many members doing this to reach our goal of a 50% increase for each area. Write to me if you need any recruiting materials. Here are the up-to-date results so far:

Top Ten

Total New Members

1. Ill-Wis .................53
2. Metro, N.Y...............42
3. Northwest U.S
4. South. Calif.............34     
5. Texas....................33
6. New Englan
7. Md-Va....................27
9.  Central Plains .........25

Sincerely in Christ,

Bill Sisterson
Executive Secretary


Local Section Activity

On Friday, October 18, ASA members and friends are invited to gather at the home of Jerry Albert (5202 Cobb Place, San Diego, CA 92117) for informal discussion at 8 p.m. with executive secretary Bill Sisterson and ASA News editor Walt Hearn.

On Saturday, October 19, a public meeting at Point Loma College has been arranged by Fred Jappe At 1:30 p.m., Walt Hearn will speak on "Science and Pseudoscience."

After the audience has its crack at Walt, Bill Sisterson will outline plans for the 1975 ASA Annual Meeting to be held in San Diego next August. There are already 37 members in the San Diego area, a strong base on which to build a new local section.


The Western New York Section is planning a meeting to be held on Houghton College campus Friday evening, November 8, and Saturday morning, November 9. The meeting will end with a luncheon on that Saturday.

Fred Shannon, an officer in the Section, says that the main speaker will be Dr. Bernard Ramm. Saturday morning's program will be filled with discussion, a little business, and reports from the national meeting at Oklahoma City this past summer. For more information write to Fred at Houghton College, Houghton, N. Y. 14744.

V. Elving Anderson of the U. of Minnesota will be one of 17 special Bicentennial Lecturers for §igma XI, The Scientific Research Society of North America, at colleges and universities in 1974-75. The two-year program is funded by a $50,000 grant from NSF's Office for Public Understanding of Science. Elving's topic will be "Genetic Control and Human Values." At the 75th national meeting of Sigma X1 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, November 1-4, Elving will also serve on a panel discussing "Science and Society."

Allan R. Andrews teaches psychology in the interdisciplinary Coordinated Studies Program at North Shore Community College in Beverly, Massachusetts. This fall he is also teaching human growth and development at Gordon College in Wenham. Al is author of "Bonhoeffer's Psychology: Humanistic Ally or Christian Corrective?" in the current Christian Scholar's Review (Vol. 4. No. 1, 1974).

Byron E. Blair, a physicist with the National Bureau of Standards, Boulder, Colorado, edited NBS monograph 140, Time and Frequency: Theory and Fundamentals. This tutorial publication describes past, present, and future aspects of time and frequency standards. In October Byron will be coordinating an NBS-sponsored Time and Frequency Measurement Seminar in Boulder.

Robert L. Bohon physical chemist at 3M Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota, has become manager of Environmental Laboratory, Environmental Engineering and Pollution Control Division. Bob is responsible for analytical and field lab work related to environmental and ecological impact of 3M products. He was formerly manager of Special Services in 3M's Central Research Labs. He, Dean Ostlie and Charles Wright are trying to get some informal discussion going within 3M Company based on JASA articles, one effort to stir up interest in ASA among industrial scientists.

Richard H. Bube, Stanford University professor of materials science, was featured in an article entitled "Christianity and Science Do Mix" in Renaissance Review (Vol. 6, No. 1, Winter, i974). Writer Don Penrose quoted fellow church member Neil Elsheimer and members of Dick's family in the profile on our Journal ASA editor.-Renaissance Review claims to be "the only magazine edited from a biblical world and life view by Christians for a secular readership exclusively." New Reformation is a companion magazine for Christian readers published by the same outfit (Center for Christian Studies, Box 5252, Stanford, CA 94305). Both are edited by Jon Kennedy, author of The Reformation of Journalism.

Richard Davis is now a graduate student in physical chemistry at the U. of California in Berkeley. Richard was a leader in the IVCF chapter at Rice University in Houston, from which he graduated in May. He and his bride Lisa live in U.C. student apartments in Albany, CA.

Helmut Fandrich, consulting engineer with a PhD in M.E., lives in Vancouver, B. C., Canada. This past year Helmut ventured into politics, standing for M.P. as Social Credit Party candidate in the Okanagan-Kootenay riding. He hadn't really expected to win, but he did so well that he's getting the itch to try again. For you Yanks, M.P. means Member of Parliament, riding is a voting district, and standing means running for office. And er, uh, Social Credit is more conservative than the Conservatives, and, uh, the Liberal Party is more conservative than the New Democratic Party. Got it?

Dan Harrison was headmaster of Ukarumpa High School, E.H.D., Papua New Guinea, from 1966 to 1973, serving Wycliffe Bible Translators and other missionaries in PNG. In 1974 he helped found a new elementary school there. His recent research papers include "Change in Values Among Papua New Guineans and its Implications for the System of Education" in Proceedings of the Eighth Waigani Seminar, and "The Kluckhoba Value Orientation Research Instrument used in PNG" in the April 1974 issue of The New Guinea Psychologist.

G. Archie Johnston-is a behavioral scientist on the staff of the National Society of The Volunteers of America, in Long Beach, California. His research on the Teen Challenge approach versus the Transactional Analysis approach to treating heroin addiction appeared in the September 1973 JASA.

James W. - Reid, director of Associates for Biblical Research, Norristown, PA reports that his 1968 Zondervan book God, the Atom, and the Universe was published in Chinese this summer by Seed Press, Hong Kong. Jim is currently writing a book on the subject of the theory of relativity and the Bible. (Office Note: We just received word that Jim passed away on September 18 of this year.)

Ron Remmel, a recycled physicist, is now doing research in the Department of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins Medical School. He will lecture in a graduate neurobiology course next semester. Ron and Effie are enjoying Baltimore's Community Evangelical Church. They're also "having their heads examined" (to find out why they left Berkeley's beautiful weather for that humid heat).

Paul G. Simpson moved from Oregon State University last fall to a position as analytical/physical chemist at the Monsanto Technical Center in Pensacola, Florida. The Center serves the company's textile operations. Paul says his transition from academic life to industry has gone well, and now he'd like to find some Christian men and women in science in the NW corner of Florida. (That's simple with our new ASA Directory. First, you look under F. for Florida. Nope, first check a map. There, between Georgia and Alabama. Better yet, start with your Zip Code: 32502. Now, check the ASA Directory. Aha! You're the only one between Tallahassee 323 and Gainesville 326. Better get busy recruiting, Paul.)

Brian P. Sutherland is moving from the mainland of British Columbia to Victoria (on Vancover Island) to try retiring--again. Brian, a chemist and administrative assistant to the president of Cominco, Ltd., found his 1966 retirement from Cominco interrupted by increasing involvement with the founding of Regent College in Vancouver. Vice principal of the college for the past two years, he (and wife Jean) received a standing ovation expressing appreciation and affection at the fourth annual Convocation of Regent College in April.

Garrett Vanderkooi is now on the faculty of the Chemistry Department of Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, Illinois.

Ralph Winter$ professor of History of the Christian Movement in the School of World Mission at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, was one of the speakers at the Congress on World Evangelization at Lausanne, Switzerland. We've seen Ralph's paper, "Highest Piority: Cross-Cultural Evangelism," described as one of the outstanding papers of the Congress in several reports. One was Albert C, Montgomery's editorial in the September issue of Interlit, quarterly newsletter of the David C. Cook Foundation (Elgin, IL 60120).


. Koch, 529 North 8th St.,, Allentown, PA 18102 BA in Bible
Hilton F. Hinderliter, MR 10, Box 67, Apollo, PA 15613 PhD in Nuclear Physics
William H. Murray, III, P. 0. Box 76, Montrose, PA 18801 EdD in Science Ed.
John A. Paraskos, 8867 Willoughby Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 PhD in Ch, Eng.
Kenneth J. TerBeek, 126 Tollgate Rd. #35, Warwick, R. 1. 02886 PhD in Org. Chem.
Rosalie A, Elliott, Wesleyan Branch, Central, S. C. 29630 AB in Biology ('75) Studint
Andrew D. Shaw, 209 Rock City Trail, Lookout Mt., TN 37350 BA in Phys.
D. Lynn Shaeffer, 117 Dana Drive, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 PhD in Plasma Physics
Mark Cosgrove, 12011 Coit Rd. #107, Dallas, TX 75230 PhD in Psychology
David Benson, 725 Bolivar, Denton, TX 76201 MA in Psychology
Hessel Bouma 111, 102 Strand, Apt. #1, Galveston, TX 77550 AB in Biology
John F. Walkup, 6505 Oxford Ave., Lubbock, TX 79413 PhD in Elec. En9r.
Kenneth W. Daniel, 1746 N.Rhodes St., Apt. 314, Arlington, VA 22201 MS in EE
D. W. Kupke, Dept. Biochemistry, Sch.ofMed., Univ. of VA.,
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Sheldon T. Peterson 301 Hamrick Drive, Hampton, VA 23666 AD in Physics /PhD
John Kohl, 5311 Clifton St., Springfield, VA 22151 BA in Math

Douglas Hamill, 1145 Undine, Bellingham, WA 98225 Student
Harry J. McIntyre, 11 West Aloha St., Seattle, WA 98119 MBA in Acct.

Kay Ellen Zepplin, 2806 Joseph Ave., Schofield, WI 54476 BAS in Sociology

Ronald D. Hatch, %3511 West 21 Ave., Vancouver, B. C. MS in Counseling
Siegfried G. Wall, R.R.2, Dugald, Manitoba PhD in Chemistry
Stanley R. Conrad, Dept. of Psychology, Dalhousie Univo, Halifax, N.S. MA in Exp.
David Hardy, 15 Fairview Blvd. Guelph, Ontario Student /Psychopath.
Archie Stouffer, 638 First Avenue, Pembroke, Ontario K8A 5E5 BA in Biology
Noel Scott, 178 Fifth St., Toronto, Ontario M8V 2Z7 Student

James A. Yost, Instituto Linguistico de Verano, Casilla 5080, Quito, Ecuador PhD in
Spyros G. Macris, 113 Vassilissis Olgas, Thessaloniki, Greece MD in Medicine/Anthro.
W. Howard White, Nihon Saniku Gakuin, Sodegaura-machio Chiba-ken, Japan MDiy7-in Theal
Michael MacKenzie, 27 Harperland Drive, Kilmarnock KA1 IUQ, Ayrshire, U.K. Med. Pract
Donald MacLean, 13 Kingsborough Gardens, Glasgow G12 GNH, Scotland, Minister of Rel.


Dear Colleague,

A few weeks ago I was in London, visiting again some of the places which had been significant to me during my days as a student in England. As I traveled around, I was reminded again of Bertrand Russell, the crusty old British philosopher who died several years ago. Undoubtedly, Russell was a brilliant man who left his mark in intellectual history, but Russell will never be remembered as a man who particularly liked religion. In a collection of essays which were published under the title, Why I Am Not A Christian, Russell stated his opinions with characteristic bluntness. Religion, he said, should be regarded as ... Iva disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race. Religion is based, I think primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing--fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear,of death ... In this world we can now begin a little to understand things and a little to master them by the help of science, which has forced its way step by step against the Christian religion, against the churches, and against the opposition of all the old precepts. Science can help us to get over this craven fear in which mankind has lived for so many generations. Science can teach us, and I think our own hearts can teach us, no longer to look around for imaginary supports, no longer to invent allies in the sky, but rather to look to our own efforts here below to make this world a fit place to live in, instead of the sort of place that the churches in all these centuries have made it."

In reading writings such as this I have been impressed with the fact that many of Christianity's critics are attacking a straw man, a picture of Christianity that is never taught in the Scriptures. Probably most of us would agree that some people do come to Christ out of a sense of fear or immaturity, and it is certain that many believers do have problems which might be caused or aggravated by religious beliefs. Jesus never promised that the Christian walk would be easy! To imply, however, that Christianity invents "allies in the sky" who make it unnecessary for people to look to their "own efforts," is a misperception of what commitment to Christ is all about. Like Freud and a number of others, Russell never understood what the Bible calls "the things of the spirit." They were foolishness to him.

We will never know if Russell would have listened to the Gospel had some articulate witness told him about the love of Jesus. (when it comes to matters of theology, so called "religious liberals" can be pretty closed minded.) Russell's misperceptions, however, point to another responsibility of the Christian in science: interpretation.

First, we must interpret the meaning of Christianity to our scientific colleagues. For many people, science has become a replacement for the "God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob," but (to quote Denis Alexander) science is a "god that failed." Even many of our Scientific colleagues are dissatisfied and searching for something beyond science. Regretfully, however, so many misconceptions about Christianity have arisen, that the professional man is disinclined to look to Christ. Here is where Christians in science can have a profound influence. By taking a clear stand for Christ and not hiding our convictions, we show by our words and actions that it is possible to be both a good scientist and a dedicated Christian. During my trip last summer, I was invited to address a large group of students at the University of the Philippines in Manila. Following the meeting, a man approached me from the audience. "I didn't know there were any Christians in psychology," he said. Even apart from my talk, the mere fact that I had identified myself as a Christian apparently was meaningful to this man. As Christians, we are responsible not only to identify ourselves but to be witnesses to the scientific community. Our task is to help other scientists to understand what Christianity is all about.

There is, however, another side to interpretation. We have a responsibility to interpret the meaning and significance of scientific facts to the lay public - especially to laymen in the church. It is easy for non-scientists to misunderstand or misinterpret the meaning of scientific facts and for this reason there is a need for competent scientists who can help non-scientists to understand what is happening in the scientific disciplines. Everyone knows, of course, that two "experts" can interpret facts in two different and even contradictory ways. Just because a person is a scientist (or a Christian) it does not follow that one's analyses will be infallible. But there is a need for competent people who, to the best of their ability, will take the facts of science and share their meaning and relevance to the church.

At the recent convention in Oklahoma, the Executive Council approved the establishment of an ASA speaker's bureau and a member's book service. Hopefully these new outreach activities will help us to have a greater understanding of the relationships between science and Christianity and a greater ability both to interpret Christianity to the world of science, and to interpret science to the Christian community. Such a two-way interpretation is a responsibility for every Christian in science.