AMERICAN SCIENTIFIC AFFILIATION - CANADIAN SCIENTIFIC & CHRISTIAN AFFILIATION
VOLUME 18, NUMBER 5 OCTOBER 1976
OUR 1976 ANNUAL MEETING: CERTAINLY THE BIGGEST; PROBABLY THE BEST
"In the beginning," the crowds were creating problems for ASA registration facilities in Fischer Hall. You could tell that the Wheaton College meeting would be one to remember. But besides bringing together more members, the 31st Annual Meeting of our Affiliation brought together a lot of good ideas, with the best features of many previous meetings. Program chairman Jim Buswell had done his work well.
Donald MacKay's "Basic Integration of Science and Christianity" focused everyone's attention the way our single-theme meetings used to do. The Science Building auditorium was almost packed out for MacKay's three lectures. (Tapes available from Elgin Office - see back page). Yet in three days of simultaneous sessions, members also presented a wide range of their own ideas for discussion and criticism. The anthropologists' session turned into a workshop, with professionals hammering a future program out of their common concerns. Other interest groups scheduled impromptu sessions: high school science teachers, social psychologists, etc.
As in other years, field trips were available, to such places as the nearby Morton Arboretum, the Fermilab (world's largest accelerator), Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium, and the Field Museum of Natural History. But this year, right there in the Science Building was a personalized field trip into the Illinois surroundings of 10,000 years ago: the Perry Mastodon, ponderously pirouetting as its recorded story was told at the touch of a button.
NEXT ACT: NYACK
Every fourth year ASA goes east. The 1977 ANNUAL MEETING of the AMERICAN SCIENTIFIC AFFILIATION will be held AUGUST 12-15 (a week earlier than usual) at NYACK COLLEGE, NYACK, NEW YORK. New York has been a center of recent local section activity, so put the date on your calendar now for a time of enriching interaction with other Christians in science.
Featured speaker will be Dr. Kenneth L. Pike of the University of Michigan and the Summer Institute of Linguistics. ASA'ers achieve recognition in a small area of their discipline, but Ken Pike's work is known by "everybody" in the field of linguistics. An evangelical Christian who has helped to shape his academic discipline, he is also an example to us in applying his scholarship in direct service to Jesus Christ, specifically in translating the Scriptures into tribal languages. In his ASA lectures, Dr. Pike will extend his linguistic work (his famous "-etic" and "-emic" approach) to analysis of a wide spectrum of problems outside of linguistics. If anybody can follow Donald MacKay's act, Ken Pike can.
BASIC INTEGRATION vs. PIECEMEAL REPORTING
My scribbled notes from this Annual Meeting look like the "piecemealery" Professor MacKay warned us not to indulge in. Integrate? I can't even add straight. My figures show something like 231 registrants for the whole meeting plus 55 for the anthropology session, but that doesn't take into account a lot of overlap between them.
About 44 ASA/CSCA registrants were spouses (?) but some spice (?) are also members. In fact, one husband-wife pair from Galveston, Texas, each gave a paper: Gordon Mills on biochemistry and Mary Jane Mills on religious history. Your alert reporter then noted a pair of papers by (1) James Martin, Penn State University psychologist, and (2) Helen Martin, Pennsylvania science teacher. Eager to make a story out of another versatile husband-wife team, he discovered they weren't even acquainted, let alone related. Result: one red-faced reporter plus two purple Martins.
Among the registrants were at least 16 children of members, some old enough to enjoy sessions and field trips. For the others, Howard Claassen's hard-working local arrangements committee provided a list of available baby-sitters, in a ratio of almost one sitter per sittee. Some itty bitty sittees probably wondered how that big hefty lump in the glass cage could get so fat on one side and so skinny on the other. ("Well, you see, when he was a baby mammoth, he probably ate too much candy and not enough nice vegetables.11)
For the second time an Annual Meeting extended from Friday through Monday, making it easier for many members to attend. Most worshipped in local churches on Sunday morning but the idea to having scientists speak in as many local churches as possible didn't quite work out. Betty and Don Boardman of Wheaton College did invite their son-in-law, Richard Herd, geologist from Ottawa, and Walt Hearn to discuss science and faith at a fellowship hour at Chicago's LaSalle Street Church. It was a homecoming for Richard, who had made a public profession of faith before that congregation some years before. (By the way, the story of LaSalle Street's many ministries to its inner-city neighborhood is told in a forthcoming book by Jim Hefley entitled The.Church That Takes On Trouble.)
THE HARDEST ACT TO FOLLOW
A very hard act to follow next year will be entertainment for the annual banquet. This year, "by special arrangement" (his dad was program chairman) James 0. Buswell IV performed on his magnificent violin to an enchanted audience of nearly 200 people. "Jamie" (as he's known around Wheaton) is professor of music at Indiana University and this fall is an artist-member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society in Washington, DC. He was a concert sensation at the age of 17 (in 1963), before graduating from Harvard. Accompanied by his mother at the piano, James beautifully played selections by Schubert, Kreisler, and Saint Sagns for ASA members and guests.
Scientists in the audience trying to make instruments keep functioning a few years after their purchase must have been awed by Jim's Stradivarius. Imagine an instrument made in 1720 that performs better every year--and that's insured for more than the price of a brand-new gas-chromatograph/mass-spectrometer!
BITE SIZED WHEATIES
Wheaton has been described as the "buckle on the Bible belt." Jack Haas says he hadn't thought of Wheaton College as being holy ground until he saw Lloyd Taylor of Mount Vernon, Ohio, digging up campus soil and putting it in plastic bags to take back home. Of course, Lloyd's a chemist,so he may be analyzing that soil instead of enshrining it.
According to Bill Sisterson's report, 50 percent of our 2,678 members have joined ASA or CSCA in the last four years. No wonder it's hard to recall all those names and faces--a lot of 'em we hadn't seen before. We couldn't meet them all, but many newcomers had interesting stories. anon., for instance, told us how she became a Christian a few years ago without any personal contact with Christians. Working toward a Ph.D. in anthropology at Brandeis University, she had analyzed the structure of myths for a year before studying the early American Puritan subculture. She couldn't understand the Puritan vocabulary, so she picked up a Bible, intending to do a structural analysis of it as a piece of mythology. The Holy Spirit spoke to her through the written Word and drew her to Jesus Christ, the living Word. When Elinor later read Surprised With Joy, she was delighted to discover that C. S. Lewis, too, had been dragged kicking and protesting into the Kingdom. Eventually she met some other Christians who encouraged her, including Wilbur Bullock at the U. of New Hampshire, who told her about ASA. Now Elinor's working for Wycliffe Bible Translators, and was on her way to join their jungle camp staff in Mexico.
When I can't remember everybody, people with outstanding accents tend to stick in my mind. Bee-Lang Wang explained Wheaton College's exciting new Human Needs and Global Resources project Us. How can she speak English with so little accent, when Jean-Pierre Adoul of Quebec can make English sound so much like French? We were treated to all kinds of British Commonwealth accents, beginning with a welcome from Wheaton vice-president Donald Mitchell, whose gentle English had roots in New Zealand. No one could believe that mellifluous Jim Moore. now at England's Open University after doing a doctorate at Manchester, had actually grown up in Des Plaines, Illinois. And Donald MacKay, with "nothing but" his Scottish charm, could sell most of us just about anything--even "logical indeterminism."
But the accent that tykes the kike, mites, is the rich voice of Alan Tippett of Fuller Theological Seminary's School of World Mission. Alan chaired the special anthropology session on Monday. Born in Austrialia and a missionary to the Fiji Islands for more than 20 years, Alan exudes enough ethnicity to fascinate a roomful of anthropologists and linguists. When we heard him interrupt the technical pipers for a scheduled brake, we knew we'd found the right place.
Al Fairbanks of Trinity Evangelical College, Deerfield, Illinois, focused on I Corinthians 1 in the devotional period Saturday morning, reminding scientists to be humble. Our Father who called us into a scientific vocation is the same God who called the universe into existence. He will sustain us in our calling just as He sustains the universe by the word of His power. But He tears down as well as builds up: "He brings to nothing those things that are."
In the Monday morning devotional period, Inter-Varsity staff member Terry Morrison challenged scientists from I Peter 1 "as obedient children" to "bely" in our calling, to "gird up the loins of our minds" for the kind of deep integration of science and faith DonaldMacKaywas describing.
Most of the news at the annual business meeting was good, especially concerning recruitment of new members and the activity of new local sections. Even the financial picture shows signs of looking up: we've come from a need to supply 43 percent of our income from gifts in 1973 to a need for only 24 percent this year. Some $ 9,500 of the amount budgeted from gifts had already been received at the time of the meeting, with only $4,500 still needed. The Executive Council urges us to contribute now when money is needed to pay debts before regular fall dues income can be expected.
The Executive Committee is also exploring a way to get the Newsletter to more people who are presently neither Members nor Associates, to give them a more personal look at the Affiliation. We'll have more about that and other matters in coming issues.
Two papers on the program weren't given: Dick Bube's professional responsibilities kept him from attending from California, and Marie Berg
was recovering from surgery in Minneapolis. Elving Anderson filled in one of these slots with a review of E. Wilson's Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, an4 a reaction to criticism of Wilson by such groups as "Science for the People."
Personal struggles and family tragedies were often shared in conversation. At the business meeting, ASA president Claude Stipe asked for prayers for the family of last year's president, David Willis of Oregon State University; Dave's grown son, an IVCF staff members, suffered the loss of all his fingers and toes from severe frostbite this winter on a mountain-climbing expedition. And Jack Balswick of the University of Georgia, who had been unable to give his paper at 1ast year's Annual Meeting because his son had bone cancer, told us that the brave young fellow died of the
disease last October.
A CHANCE TO HELP--AND A CHANCE TO LEARN
J. Terence Morrison., who led devotions one morning at the ASA Annual Meeting, spoke to several of us about new opportunities in Latin America. Terry, a regional director of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, has been asked for help from ASA/CSCA members by Peter Savage of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). Peter is working with Latin American professionals and business people who are evangelicals and who desire to be fruit-bearers in their own culture.
Specifically, Peter has asked for two kinds of help! (1) Information on magazines and other literature aimed at university graduates within the U.S. and Canadian Christian community. Latin American professionals want to see how others reflect on their fields in light of the word of God: "We want to stimulate the Christian graduate within his field through articles that create in him a theological reflection." (2) A list of people in North America who would be willing to help students, graduates, and others in Latin America go on with their specialization. The first need is for, say, scientists to carry on a sort of tutorial by-correspondence with their counterparts. But then it would be of great value for experts in some fields who have such contacts to make a two-or three-week visit to lecture on their subject, at the same time encouraging Christian groups and participating in informal evangelistic efforts. There might even be some ASA/CSCA members willing to give themselves to such labors for a longer period of time.
The information and encouragement definitely would not be flowing in only one direction. In some of their countries, the Latin Americans seem to be far ahead of us in joining together to create communities of Christian professionals who are building one another up in their thrust into their culture. They seem to be able to affect each other's lives in every area from that of personal and family and professional growth to shared community outreach. One of the IFES group's stated goals is "to reach out to non-Christian professionals with a wholistic gospel that truly demonstrates the glory of its benefits, but also the totality of its demands in service to the Lord." Country by country, these Christian graduates are beginning to organize themselves and commit themselves to meet the needs of their non-Christian colleagues and of their countries as a whole. In the mountains outside of Lima, Peru, for instance, IFES workers have attempted to rebuild a devastated community and to build it with a serious concern for the laws of God and relationships with Him. According to a story in the IFES magazine In Touch, the group has been active in every level of that community and are also irivolving undergraduate students in the project.
Perhaps challenged by the example of Marxist commitment in some of their countries, these Latin Americans have begun doing what many of us merely think about doing or wish we could do: to work with other Christians to make an impact on society. Wouldn't it be great to use our scientific or other professional training directly to build a genuinely humane society, or even a functioning Christian counter-community?
Some of us can't get it together enough to organize an ASA or CSCA local section, or to come up with a work project that would activate the members of our section. We have a lot to learn. Maybe we could learn some of it through contacts with our counterparts in Latin America, and be of help to them at the same time.
For more information on how to help, and how to learn, contact Terence Morrison, 309 South Broad Street, Lititz, PA 17543.
SCIENCE AND THE NEW CONSCIOUSNESS
Commenting on the paper he wasn't able to give at Wheaton, JASA editor Richard.Bube says he believes that "this general wedding of monistic pantheism, modern physics, and the occult represents one of the greatest challenges in the next generation to an historical Christian witness." Helen Martin's paper on "Meditation--A Biological and Scriptural Requirement" compared four types of meditation (Yoga, Zen, Transcendental Meditation, and the Relaxation Response) with the kind of meditation not only encouraged but commanded in Scripture.
We turned a copy of Helen's paper over to the Spiritual Counterfeits Project (SCP) of the Berkeley Christian Coalition, a group providing information to help Christians oppose "spiritual counterfeits" effectively. SCP is also sponsoring a lawsuit to prevent the teaching of Transcendental Meditation (TM) in the New Jersey public schools, on the grounds that TM is a (Hindu) religious practice disguised as a scientific technique. SCP researcher Brooks Alexander was delighted to see Helen's paper and especially her bibliography of over 30 references to scientific studies on meditators.
Currently the Spiritual Counterfeits Project is cooperating in a scientific study to evaluate possible dangers or negative effects of TM. Published studies are often biased in their selection of cases, the meditators selected being those whose physiological and psychological responses probably seem favorable at the time. Consequently, ex-meditators who have experienced any.ill effects are asked to contact: Spiritual Counterfeits Project, P.O. Box 4308, Berkeley, CA 94704. Telephone (415) 548-7947. A request to the same address will put you on the SCP Newsletter mailing list and get you a catalog of their tapes and publications.
AN UNSHELFISH LIBRARIAN
When the American Library Association held its centennial meeting in Chicago this July, a new item in the official announcements was an invitation to a "Christian Librarians' Fellowship" breakfast. The free continental breakfast at the Coffee Cove of Moody Bible Institute was co-hosted by the director of MBI's library and by Donald G. Davis, Jr., assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library Science, University of Texas at Austin.
Don has been on the U.T. faculty since 1971 and is a specialist in the history of books, printing, and libraries. He has an M.A. in history and an M.L.S. in librarianship from U.C. Berkeley and a Ph.D. in library science from the U. of Illinois. His own book on the history of the Association of American Library Schools was published in 1974.
Don recently gave a paper on "The Rise of the Public Library in Texas, 1876-1920," at an ALA-sponsored Library History Seminar in Philadelphia. In January 1977 he will become editor of the Journal of Library History, publication of which is being taken over by the U. of Texas Press with Vol. 12 (1977).
For further information on the Christian Librarian's Fellowship, contact Don at the U.T. Graduate School of Library Science, Box 7576, University Station, Austin, TX 78712.
LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!
This notice may reach you too late to inform you of "an action workshop on persistent racism!' sponsored by Evangelicals for Social Action and the Committee on Race and Reconciliation. The workshop, "Liberty and Justice for All!" is being held October 8-11 at the Gateway Downtowner Motor Inn in Newark, New Jersey.
Participants will interact with Ebony senior editor Lerone Bennett, theologian Vernon Grounds, Vanguard editor Bonnie Greene, and Young Life worker John Porter. They will also experience the black community of Newark, including worship in black churches, and consider three models for taking action against racism: the community development model (presented by Voice of Calvary's John Perkins); the citizen's lobby model (presented by Bread for the World's Arthur Simon); and the direct action model (presented by Richard Taylor of Liberty to the Captives).
This workshop is for those who want to move beyond rhetoric and guilt in order to act against racism in the midst of increasing apathy. For more information, contact Box 12236, Philadelphia, PA 19144.
WHEN WE SEE DEBATE, WE LOOK FOR THE DE HOOK
The first Ford-Carter debate gave us little reason to reconsider our presidential preference--and even less reason to be optimistic about the electoral process in the United States. To think that the world's future depends on the way millions of television viewers respond to debating tricks and to figures tossed off by nervous candidates would depress us even if our candidate were to be elected and turn out better than our expectations. And in the second debate we'll probably hear both candidates promise to provide the maximum amount of killing power per tax dollar. Cheers.
We take some comfort in the existence of advocacy groups that f6rce government to be less of a side-show and more responsive to people's real needs. They probably have their weaknesses, too, but I like many things done by: Common Cause (P.O. Box 220, Washington, DC 20044); Ralph Nader's Public Citizen (P.O. Box 19404, Washington, DC 20036); and Environmental Defense Fund (1525 18th Street N.W., Washington, DC 20036).
The National Committee for an Effective Congress (201 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., Washington, DC 20002) focuses on contests for House and Senate seats where support for an intelligent, responsible (and generally liberal) candidate, Democrat or Republican, can help him or her win against somebody NCEC regards as a clod or captive of special interests. That way a small amount -of political contributions can do the most good. A new organization with an even narrower focus is Environmental Action's Dirty Dozen Campaign Committee (1346 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20036). They pick out the 12 members of the House of Representatives with what the Committee considers the worst voting records on environmental issues, and solicits support to defeat this "Dirty Dozen."
One political pressure group actually brings me joy: the Christian citizens' movement called Bread for the World (235 East 49th St., New York, N.Y. 10017). Its newsletter keeps me informed about U.S. policy affecting the most basic human needs of all the world's peoples and gives me practical suggestions for influencing legislation that I think Christ would approve of. Bread for the World also has local groups around the country.
PEOPLE LOOKING FOR POSITIONS
John C. Bellum (Quantum Theory Project, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611) completed his Ph.D. in August and is seeking employment. His research has spanned the neighboring fields of atomic & molecular physics and chemical physics. He has made quantum-theoretical investigations of the mechanism and collision dynamics in chemi-ionization processes--specifically Penning and associative ionization of argon by metastable helium. John also has extensive background in quantum chemistry. He is open to research and/or teaching in either a Christian or a secular context. Eventually he would like to be able to devote some time to the philosophy of science, especially in connection with related theological and biblical foundations. (Received 30 September 1976)
Paul M. Tower (101-A5 Wasserman Lane, Green Bay, WI 54301. Tel. 414-468-0143) is seeking a position in environmental problem-solving and research, preferably with other Christians. Paul has a B.S. degree in economics and American studies from Willamette University in Oregon (1972) and expects an M.S. in environmental administration from the U. of Wisconsin, Green Bay, in December 1976. In between he spent time at L'Abri in Switzerland studying the biblical view of humanity and environment. Ideally Paul would like to administer a coastal zone management program. He has held a variety of summer jobs, spent 20 months in Europe in 1973-74, and worked for nine months as administrative assistant to the vice-president of a pharmaceutical company in 1974-75. During his graduate work he has done research on water policy and natural environments, and helped develop environmental workshops for high schools. He is 26, married, and has one child.
POSITIONS LOOKING FOR PEOPLE
Wheaton College in Illinois needs an instructor or assistant professor of biology for June or September 1977. Applicants should have a Ph.D (or all requirements except thesis completed) with strong emphasis in botanical sciences and an interest in teaching biology to nonbiology majors. Early application is desirable. Send application letter and brief curriculum vitae to: Dr. Ray Brand, Chairman, Department of Biology, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL 60187. If your credentials satisfy the departmental faculty that you would fit the position available, you will be contacted by phone and sent an appointment questionnaire. (Received 27 August 1976)
Northwestern College in Iowa needs an experimental psychologist to begin teaching in the 1977-78 school year. Northwestern is a college of the Reformed Church in America. "We are looking for an evangelical Christian seriously interested in teaching the experimental areas of psychology (as opposed to the clinical and personality areas)." Contact: Dr. ' Don Lindskoog, Department of Psychology, Northwestern College, Orange City, IA 51041. (Received 17 September 1976)
Gordon College in Massachussetts anticipates a vacancy in chemistry beginning fall 1977. "Applicants should have an orientation toward physical/inorganic chemistry and have demonstrated the requisite skills for chemistry teaching at the undergraduate level. The college encourages faculty research. Gordon College is a Christian liberal arts college of 1,070 students." Send resum6 to: Dr. R. Judson Carlberg, Dean, Gordon College, Wenham, MA 01984. (Received from John W. Haas, Jr., 20 September 1976)
Sincerely in Christ,
Virginia M. Johnson, 260 West "H" Street, Benicia, CA 94510 MA - Math John H. McDonald, 1109 S. Central, Glendale, CA 91204 DCS - Christian Studies
Eleanor Edwards, 12301 Studebaker #165, Norwalk, CA 90650 BA - Nat. Sci.
Alan R. Tippett, 135 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101 PhD - Anthropology
Gregory Wheeler, 565 Mar Vista, Pasadena, CA 91106 Student
Charles E. Rogler, 527 Buckeye St., Redwood City, CA 94063 PhD - Plant Physiology
Gary 1. Allen, 5832 San Jose Ave., Richmond, CA 94804 PhD - Physiology
Diane M. Horine, P.O. Box 5207, Stanford, CA 94305 Student
Marvin L. Lubenow, 1204 Stover, Fort Collins, CO 80521 MS - Physics
James W. DiRaddo, 903 Parkside Blvd., Claymont, DE 19703 D.Min - Family Relations
Daniel B. Palmiter, 1642-A 9th Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816 MS Geology
Joel Cannon, 542 Starlight Ave., Idaho Falls, ID 83401 ME Physics
Mark Niemczyk, 590 E. Gundersen Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60187 PhD - Chemistry
Valerie R. Creaser, 1012 Hinman, Evanston, IL 60202 MS - Biol. Sci.
Terry Perciante, 29W238 Helen Ave., West Chicago, IL 60185 EdD - Math
Derek Chignell, 209 N. President St., Apt. 2J, Wheaton, IL 60187 PhD - Biophysics
Zondra G. Lindblade, 820 E. Harrison, Wheaton, IL 60187 PhD - Sociology
Thomas Allan Lesh, 1005 W. Gilbert, Muncie, IN 47303 PhD - Physiology
Roger J. Lahm, 922 E. 12th, Spencer, IA 51301 MBS - Phy. Sci.
Jay Dargan, Asbury College, Wilmore, KY 40390 PhD - Sociology
Richard L. Holmes, 1802 Metzerott Rd., #51, Adelphi, MD 20783 Student
Lawrence Whiting, 112 Jefferson Ave., Box 125, Otisville, MI 48463 Student
Cynthia Schlake, A-1123 Gage MSU, Mankato, MN 56001 Student
Edward Schneider, 6535 Clayton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139 PhD - Biochemistry
William A. Mulhall, 280 River Road, Apt. 2B, Piscataway, N.J. 08854 MS - Physiology
Lynne M. Hess, 345 First Avenue, Vestal, N. Y. 13850 M.Div. Pastoral Counseling
Robert H. Frey, 12840 Hinton Mill Road, Marysville, OH 43040 BS - Educ.
Donald T. Fairburn, 1219 Albert Circle, Oxford, OH 45056 PhD - Civil Eng.
'Barbara Slessman, Rt. 2 East, Willard, OH 44890 Student
Stephen E. Binney, 3760 NW Clover Place, Corvallis, OR 97330 PhD - Nucl. Engr.
Bradley C. Bennett, P.O. Box C1445 Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837 Student
Robert A. Moreau, 1465 Wisteria Drive, Florence, S. C. 29501 BS - Chemistry
Robert E. Rensch, 523 Azalea Lane, Duncanville, TX 75137 Student
Robert W. Spoelhof, 5218 Redstart, Houston, TX 77035 PhD - Geology
Alexander N. Vanden Berg, 7600 Highmeadow Apt. 150, Houston, TX 77063 MS - Geology
Larry Thompson, 825 Sherwood, Richardson, TX 75080 BS - Chemistry
Mark Iskra, 351 New Kent Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060 MS - Nuc. Engr.
Sam L. Peeples, Jr., 1115 Brentfield Drive, McLean, VA 22101 DMD - Dentistry
Steve Wheeler, 17902 72nd Ave. W., Edmonds, WA 98020 BA - Environmental Studies
Jeffrey M. Breiwick, 12055-35th N.E. #104, Seattle, WA 98125 MSc - Fish. Biol.
Craig Campbell, 3353 N.E. 182 St., Seattle, WA 98155 Student
William M. Pape, 1046 N. 12th #205, Milwaukee, WI 53233 BS - Math & Educ.
Nolan Van Gaalen, P.O. Box 75, Burdett, Alberta, Canada TOK OJO Student
Edward Piers, 778 Lucas Road, Richmond, B. C. V6Y lE9 PhD - Organic Chemistry
Mallory D. Fast, Box 556, Steinbach, Manitoba ROA 2AO Student
Richard K. Herd, 3, Donna Street, Ottawa, Ontario K2G 2V5 PhD Petrology
Esther Martin, 352 Bridge Street, Waterloo, Ontario N2K 1L2
Eric J. Ellis, Box 1331, Wolfville, Nova Scotia BOP 1XO B.Ed. Elementary
T. Wayne Dye, P.O. Box 28, Ukarumpa via Lae, Papua New Guinea MA - Anthropology
Ageu H. Lisboa, Rua Guajajaras 329, Apt. 104-B, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
BOOK FOR SALE
In the last Newsletter we announced the book Issues in Science and Religion by Ian Barbour, as being for sale from the Elgin office. We now have a review of the book by Dewey Carpenter (Prof. of Chemistry, Louisiana State University) to give you a better idea of what the book is about. It may be purchased for $5.35 (retails for $5.95) postage-paid from the Elgin office. Please enclose your check with your order request. The review:.
"If there is one single volume which best covers the ground in the areas of interest to the ASA, this is it. There is excellent material on historical problems, comparison of the methods of science and theology, and consideration of several particular areas of contact between science and Christianity. The book is helpful as a reference and is well indexed, but can also be read through without literary indigestion. Barbour, a physicist by training, now devotes much of his time to writing in areas which relate Christianity to science.
Two other excellent books by him are Myths, Models, and Paradigms: A Comparative Study in Science and Religion, Harper & Row, 1974, $6.95 (which treats recent developments in the philosophy of science and their relation to philosophy of religion, theology, and personal faith) and That Earth Might Be Fair, PrenticeHall (paperback) $3.75, 1972 (which considers the role of science in environmental issues).
CURRENT PUBLICATIONS ON HAND AT THE ELGIN OFFICE
Our Society in Turmoil, Ed. by Gary Collins. (306 pp.) Published by Creation House (1970). A Collection of 14 essays by ASA members on current social issues from a Christian perspective. Specialists on social problems like race, crime, drugs, anddepersonalization focus on how a Christian should respond to these issues. Reviewed in JASA, Vol. 24, Mo. 1. (List price - $5.95, ASA Member price - $4.75).
The Case for Creation, by Wayne Frair and William Davis, (93 pp.) Published by Moody Press (Revised 1972T. This short paperback is a good presentation of what is now called the "creationist" or anti-evolution position. Most of the basic arguments against evolution are clearly presented in a non-technical style that makes for easy reading. Reviewed in JASA, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Paperback, List price - $1.50, ASA member price - $1.35).
Abortion: The Personal Dilemma, by R. F. R. Gardner (288 pp) Published by Eerdmans (1972). A review in the March, 1974 issue of the JASA says: masterpiece that is essential reading for anyone concerned about arriving at informed and Christian responses to the problems of abortion." (Paperback, List price - $1.95, ASA Member price - $1.75).
Religion and the Rise of Modern Science, by R. Hooykaas, (162 pp.) Published by Eerdmans (1972). This recent book presents a case for the influence of Biblical theology on the rise of science. Hooykaas feels that Christianity exerted a healthy influence on the development of scientific thought. He is a Professor of History of Science at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. (Paperback, List price - $2.65, ASA Member price - $2.40).
The Clockwork Image, by Donald MacKay (112 pp.) Published by Inter-Varsity Press (1974). "An ideal book to give to anyone who fears that scientific discoveries and scientific descriptions make it difficult to retain a Biblical view of man and nature." MacKay is a Professor of Communications at Keele University in England who specializes in brain physiology. (Paperback, List price - $2.25, ASA Member price - $2.00).
The Appeal of Christianity to a Scientist, by John A. McIntyre (22 pp.) Published by Inter-Varsity Press (1974). Excellent for use in bearing witness to salvation in Christ from a scientist's viewpoint. Testimony is well tied in to scientific perspective and training. (ASA Member price - 25-A, for one copy, 20(,, each for two or more copies).
.The Christian View of Science and Scripture, by Bernard Ramm. (256 pp.) Published by Eerdmans, (1954). Despite its age this book is a "must" for all serious students of the relationship of science and the Christian faith. It caused a great stir among Christians when first published because of its open treatment of problem areas. Reviewed in JASA, Vol. 7, No. 4. Ramm is an ASA Member. (Paperback, List price - $2.95, ASA Member price - $2.65).
.Theology, Physics, & Miracles, by Werner Schaaffs. (100 pp.) Published by Canon Press (1974). An unusual and interesting approach to the problem of miracles to the scientific mind. By an eminent German physicist. Careful to respect the integrity of both the Bible and science. (List price - $2.95, ASA Member price - $2.65).
TAPES FOR SALE - MACKAY LECTURES AT ANNUAL MEETING
You may obtain tapes of each of the three MacKay lectures given at the August Meeting of the ASA this last August at Wheaton College. Each of these tapes include the full 1 1/2 hours of lecture and discussion that was given at the meeting to each topic. Cost for each tape is $3.50, postage-paid or a total of $10.50 for all three. The quality of the recordings is generally excellent (hard to hear questions, but most repeated by MacKay) and contains some new material for MacKay, especially in the third talk.
Title of Talks:
1. Basic vs. Piecemeal Integration
2. Economy vs. "Nothing-Buttery"
3. The Deterministic Bogey
Order from the Elgin office and enclose payment with your order. Tapes are in stock and will be sent immediately.