AMERICAN SCIENTIFIC AFFILIATION - CANADIAN SCIENTIFIC & CHRISTIAN AFFILIATION
Volume 27 Number 3 June/ July 1985
OH, TO BE IN ENGLAND
We're looking forward to the 40th ASA ANNUAL MEETING at St. Catherine's College in OXFORD, ENGLAND, JULY 26-29, and to fellowship with British colleagues in the Research Scientists' Christian Fellowship. Everything we hear about the joint conference on Christian Faith aad Science in Society makes us "jolly glad we've booked." (Just practicing, hoping to do better with their language than we did on a trip to Greece last year. Ed.)
We hope to meet folks like philosopher-theologian Thomas Torrance of Edinburgh (who says he expects to be there) for some stimulating (bilingual?) discussions. A draft of a paper prepared for the conference by biologist Dave Wilcox of Eastern College, chair of ASA's Creation Commission, is the only chunk of the program we've seen so far-but it's "positively smashing" (if that's the right phrase).A "NOMINAL REQUEST"
The editor of the Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation has been advised through several librarians that the name of our Journal does not reflect its contents, and therefore, the name presents difficulties for referencing and indexing. Those difficulties in turn limit the number of libraries subscribing to the Journal. The editorial staff is considering changing the name and would like to solicit the suggestions of ASA and CSCA members. Please give this matter some thought and send your suggestions to: Dr. Wilbur L. Bullock, Editor, JASA (or "X"-Ed.), 13 Thompson Lane, Durham, NH 03824.A "CALL FOR PAPERS"
This call for papers is different. ASA is planning shortly to launch a publication effort more popular in style than our Journal ASA. Journal papers are supposed to contribute something new to the science/faith dialogue. They are directed at scientists With theology and to theologians interested in the impact of the scientific enterprise on theology. Papers in JASA seldom reach the average church member, who may not grasp what it is that the writer wanted to say.
ASA has a two-fold responsibility. We must reach out to fellow scientists with the message of Christ in an understandable way. But we must also communicate with our brothers and sisters in Christ less knowledgeable in science. Our Journal moves primarily in the first direction.
We need contributions in the other direction for our as yet unnamed popular publication, and along several lines. For example, could you explain to a non-technical reader what your Christian faith means to you as a research scientist or scholar? What do you feel as you uncover some secret of God's creation for the first time? Does your understanding of God's purposes in the world, or of his Word, make a difference in the way you do or think science? Articles along more traditional philosophical lines dealing with the relation of biblical principles to the various sciences will also be needed. Our aim is not to be polemic but to help people understand what science is, what it does, and how it contributes to a full understanding and appreciation of God's creation.
The entire publication will at first be the equivalent of about four journal pages. Clearly we are not seeking detailed expositions with footnotes to German Zeit schriften. What we want are concise essays that show the Christian public what we as Christians in science are up to, and that will encourage them in their Christian walk. Send those "papers" to Dr. Frank H. Roberts, Delaware County Christian School, Malin Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073.LETTERS THAT COUNT
ASA and CSCA members don't have to wait for our own publication for our writing to bear witness "in both directions." Letters are a very scriptural form of writing, for instance. An appropriate letter to the editor of a scientific or religious publication can reach a lot of readers. Not all such letters will get published, of course, especially any that strike an editor as an "unpaid advertisement." But an informative letter written "with care and prayer" can show interested readers just what our Affiliations stand for.
We've seen a couple of excellent examples recently. Anthropologist Claude Stipe of Marquette University in Milwaukee "scored" in American Anthropologist (87:14850, 1985) with a remarkably long letter, headlined "Scientific Creationism and Evangelical Christianity." Responding to a published article (Williams, AA 85:92-102, 1983), Claude took issue with two facets of its criticism of scientific creationism, namely: "treating scientific creationism and creationism as identical positions, and identifying scientific creationism with evangelical Christianity."
Claude said the broader term "creationist" includes "Christians who believe that God is creator of the universe but who look to science for information about the creation process" and who interpret Genesis 1 as "primarily a theological statement rather than a statement concerning process." Pointing to ASA's Journal as an evangelical publication making such distinctions, Claude cited five JASA articles as examples. He also cited James Hunter's American Evangelicalism (Rutgers U. Press, 1983) on the diversity among contemporary evangelical Christians, "about whom there is very little social-scientific research."
Compare that one with a letter from Paul McKowen, pastor of Irvington Presbyterian Church in Fremont, California, and currently chair of ASA's San Francisco Bay section. Paul witnessed "in the other direction" to Christians who need to know about ASA, and (in contrast to Claude Stipe) wasn't surprised that his letter was published. It appeared under the heading "Science and Faith" in the 6 May 1985 issue of Monday Morning, a weekly publication sent to all Presbyterian ministers 'in the U.S. Another remarkably full letter, it described the ASA as a national organization, then told of some local ASA events (such as Owen Gingerich's lecture at Stanford) that have been appreciated by church members in Paul's presbytery.
Paul McKowen, who has a bachelor's degree in physics from U.C. Berkeley, was able to convey his excitement at participating in ASA and inviting church people to participate. What's more, he managed to get ASA's complete address into print so interested readers can act on his invitation. (NOTE: Editors generally edit organizational addresses out of published letters, no doubt on the grounds that they belong in paid ads. But it's always worth a try.-Ed.)
Here are Paul's closing words to fellow pastors: "Try to interest (in ASA) your scientists and thinkers. The ASA has a sensible viewpoint on controversial issues like evolution, avoiding the simplistic and brittle extremes. More light is generated from discussions and relationships with good will, instead of polarized, theoretical argumentation without face-to-face fellowship."TWO TALL TEXAS TALES
1. When ASA's traveling "road show" featuring Owen Gingerich's illustrated lecture on "Scientific Cosmogony and Biblical Creation" hit town in Houston on February 11, it had already received some remarkable advance notice. It was featured as one of two special lectures in a two-month-long series at Rice University on "Evolution and Creationism-The Current Controversy" sponsored by the Association of Rice Alumni. (The other extra lecture, on "The Intellectual Origins of Scientific Creationism" by historian Ronald Numbers, was of special interest because Henry Morris, perhaps the most prominent leader of that movement, is a Rice alumnus.)
The organizer of the series, Niels Nielsen, chair of religious studies at Rice, who wanted "all sides" represented, learned from Rice math prof Frank Jones of the ASA presentation in time to fit it into the printed announcement. Through Frank's suggestion, Nielsen also contacted Walter Bradley of Texas A. & M., who agreed to give one of the regular lectures in the Alumni Institute series (on "The Mystery of Life's Origin: Reassessing Current Theory." Guess where he got that title!-Ed.)
Wait Bradley says that in his audience of about 200 the theists may have been in the minority, but the overall reaction was quite positive, especially after the 20-minute question-and-answer period. He stated his belief that God is responsible for both the natural and the supernatural: as a theist he was trying to understand how God created, not whether he created. Summarizing chapters 7-9 of The Mystery of Life's Origin (Philosophical Library, 1984) in nontechnical language ("to put the cookies on a lower shelf"-great phrase!-Ed.), Wait took the position that there is no reasonable naturalistic origin-of-life scenario at present, and that there are fundamental reasons for doubting that one will be forthcoming. Wait's contribution to that book dealt primarily with the thermodynamic arguments; his Ph.D. from the U. of Texas (1968) was in materials science.
Other lectures in the series touching on scientific, theological, and political aspects of the controversy were given by Rice faculty members and by Stephen Schafersman, president of the Texas Council for Science Education, which was set up to oppose "scientific creationism" in Texas. We've heard that ASA's "extra added attraction" in the form of Owen Gingerich's lecture was also well received.
2. Meanwhile, back at the North Fork in "Big D," another remarkable event was taking place, entitled "Christianity Challenges the University: A Dialogue of Theists and Atheists." Held at the Dallas Hilton February 7-10, the conference was cosponsored by Dallas Baptist University and the Institute for Research in Christianity and Contemporary Thought, an informal association of Christian thinkers. "Dialogue" brought together a truly amazing configuration of scholars in various disciplines. The event received little publicity but videotaping of all sessions may provide a wider outreach.
The program began with a dinner and several short presentations on "Why I Am a Christian" by some of the Christian participants and a lecture on "The Necessity for Christianity" by English social historian Paul Johnson, author of Modem Times. The next day was devoted to panel discussions in philosophy (centering on "The Existence and Nature of God") and in the social sciences (on "The Nature of Man"). All panelists were identified
as representing either "the theistic position" or "the atheistic position."
In philosophy it was William Alston (Syracuse), Alvin Plantinga (Calvin; Notre Dame), Ralph McInerny (Notre Dame), and George Mavrodes (Michigan) on "our" side; with Anthony Flew (York), Paul Kurtz (SUNY Buffalo), Wallace Matson (UC Berkeley), and Kai Nielsen (Calgary) representing atheism; with William Craig (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) as moderator. In the social sciences, David Martin (London School of Economics) and Paul Vitz (NYU) were up against Albert Ellis (institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy) and Nathan Glazer (Harvard), moderated by Richard Land (Criswell Center for Biblical Studies).
Owen Gingerich (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) sent us a report about the pair of panel discussions in the natural sciences held on February 9. He was an invited respondent to the first one, on "The Origin of the Universe," which led off with Allan Sandage, the distinguished Mt. Wilson astronomer. "Sandage gave an impressive and moving account of the astronomical search for origins and his own search to understand the compelling evidence of design, which has led him to a theistic, Christian position," Owen wrote. " 'A scientist necessarily works as a rational materialist,' Sandage declared, and from that framework he detailed the evidence leading to the creation event 10 to 20 billion years ago. Does this say anything about the Creator? No, but it perhaps gives credence to belief, and here Sandage quoted Romans 1:19 to considerable effect. Ultimately he became impressed more by biological design than by astronomical evidences, and from this he was propelled to take the leap of faith.
"Berkeley astronomer Donald Goldsmith agreed with Sandage that the existence of God was neither provable nor disprovable, but elected the atheistic position largely because of his own personal background. He called it ,a cop-out' to claim that a creation event actually solved anything, correctly remarking that it is equally difficult to imagine either a finite or an infinite universe. He argued from the anthropic principle that if the universe had been otherwise, we would not be here, and that therefore our presence simply tells us about how the universe happens to be, and nothing further about deliberate design."
As a respondent, Gingerich pointed out that science does not give "scientific proofs positive" but only an intricately woven set of coherent hypotheses. "Science in its nature is essentially materialistic and cannot prove from design the existence of a Designer, but nevertheless the arguments from design can be so compelling that the atheists have had to recognize that with the anthropic principle." In private discussions, Owen added, some of the atheists acknowledged finding Sandage's theistic stance far more persuasive than the arguments of the theistic philosophers on the day before.
Charles Thaxton (Foundation for Thought and Ethics)
chaired the day's sessions and as one of the authors of
The Mystery of Life's Origin was particularly interested
in the second session, on "The Origin of Life." (But we'll
have to tell you about that one next time.-Ed.)
1. More details on the two-week seminar on "Theories in Science" at the Institute for Christian Studies are available since the announcement in the Feb/Mar issue. Introductory physics and an interest in the history of science and a Christian philosophy of science are the only prerequisites. Beginning July 2, twelve half-day lectureldiscussion periods following the outline of his book, Time and Again: A Systematic Analysis of the Foundations of Physics (Wedge, 1980), will be conducted by Dr. M. Dirk Stafleu. The book and other materials, but not housing or meals, are included in the cost: $25 nonrefundable registration fee plus $125 tuition ($75 for fulltime students or retirees). These are Canadian dollars, so costs are about 25% less in U.S. dollars. If there's still time, contact Dr. Robert VanderVennen, ICS, 229 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1134, Canada. Tel. (416) 979-2331.
2. Winner of the 1985 Templeton Prize is 85-year-old marine biologist Sir Alister Hardy, founding director of the Religious Experience Research Unit at Manchester College, Oxford. According to a story in the March 11 issue of Time, since 1969 his research unit has been collecting and analyzing written accounts of the personal religious experiences of some 5,000 individuals. Hardy is quoted as saying that his heart is in the Church of England but not his mind, meaning that "human spirituality" holds greater interest for him than "orthodox Christian beliefs." Current director of the research unit is botanist Edward Robinson. The Templeton Prize (now $185,000) is awarded for "Progress in Religion" by the Templeton Foundation set up by financier John M. Templeton, a member of ASA.
3. We don't mind being scooped by a weekly newsmagazine (see Item 2). After all, we're a tiny bimonthly staffed by a word processor that does only what it's told and an editor who seldom knows what to tell it. Occasionally, though, [if' David gets off a good shot. Our readers learned about new theories of dinosaur extinction, the "death star" that may approach our sun every 26 million years, and even the Tunguska meteorite of 1908 in this Newsletter long before Time did its big 6 May 1985 story (with a cover painting resembling Godzilla more than Goliath). But this is the first chance we've had to call attention to a paper by Charles B. Officer and Charles L. Drake on "Terminal Cretaceous Environmental Events," Science 227 (No. 4691), 1161-7 (8 Mar 1985). It muddies the swamp waters by concluding that the "iridium anomaly" that first led to the cometary extinction hypothesis came not from an instantaneous event but from events taking place over "a relatively short geological time interval on the order of 10,000 to 100,000 years"-and probably from terrestrial volcanic eruptions rather than incoming comets.
4. Is the "ordinary Christian" at last getting interested in the interaction of science and theology? Somebody must think so. The February 1 cover of Christianity Today looked like a cover for Science 85 or Discover magazine,
illustrating the feature article, "A Disorienting View of God's Creation: Faith in the Crucible of the new Physics." The article and side-bar ("A Scientific Showdown") were written by Allen Emerson, a visiting math prof at Hope College in Michigan. The two pieces discussed theological aspects of Einstein's discomfort with quantum theory, the famous EPR (Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen) "thought experiment," Bell's theorem, and the 1982 confirmation by Alain Aspect of Paris of the "absurd" results of the EPR experiment. (All of which you would be familiar with if you'd heard Bob Griffith's fine paper on "Quantum Mechanics and the Nature of Reality" at the 1984 ASA Annual Meeting.-Ed.) The CT article made use of the comparison of classical science and biblical theology offered by Bob Fischer in God Did It, But How? (Zondervan). Allen Emerson's wife is Cheryl Forbes, a Zondervan editor, with whom he is writing Christians and the Computer Mentality, to be published by InterVarsity Press. Subsequent issues of CT contained some letters from "ordinary Christians" complaining that the article was way over their heads, but several (including one from ASA member John Wiester) expressing appreciation.
5. Richard H. Bube is seeking God's guidance as a basis for future action. Starting in the fall quarter of 1989-90, he is considering becoming available for special short courses or programs in Christian colleges ranging from a week to a semester in length. The subject matter could lie either in the integration of scientific thinking with biblical Christian faith (see BOOKENDS, Item 1, below), or (at the senior level) in the electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of materials (e.g., based on Dick's 1981 Academic Press book, Electrons in Solids, now widely adopted.) So far this is just an exploratory survey, but expressions of potential interest should be sent to him at 753 Mayfield Ave., Stanford, CA 94305. Definite commitments would be made with a two-year lead time (i.e., beginning in 1987).BOOKENDS & NODS
1. Science and the Whole Person: A Personal Integration of Scientific and Biblical Perspectives is now available either from the ASA office (Box J, Ipswich, MA 01938) or from its author, former JASA editor Richard H. Bube (753 Mayfield Ave., Stanford, CA 94305) at $10 per copy plus a $3 postage and handling charge. Many of us have wanted to see Dick's long-running series of JASA articles bound together in book form, and THIS IS IT. We assume you're familiar with its style and contents already (unless you're a newcomer to ASA). This is a truly profound publication that will not only help people sort through many science/faith issues but will also introduce them to the ASA and to the Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation which Dick Bube did so much to bring to its present stature. (Comments by the editor.)
2. The Meaning of Creation: Genesis and Modem Science (Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1984. 203 pp., paper, $11.95) came our way soon after we decided not to review any more books in the Newsletter-no matter how much we liked them. At first we kicked ourselves for thus ruling out a review of this important contribution to science/ faith dialogue by Conrad Hyers. Hyers, a professor of religion at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota with a Ph.D. from Princeton Seminary and a deep appreciation of the biblical texts, stands up for the creation narratives of Genesis 1 and 2-in their own right. Arguing that the two accounts serve distinct but complementary purposes, he criticizes efforts to force either into harmony, or disharmony, with science; they have their own stories to tell, and "story" is precisely their literary form. We're glad that abridgments of several chapters have appeared in JASA (Sept. & Dec. 1984), to let you sample some of its best ideas. Now, having read the whole book, we're relieved that we don't have to review it: it's simply too rich in ideas, too firm in its conclusions (some of which we don't buy), and too stimulating in its own use of language for a short review to do it justice. (We admire even the title, reminiscent of a paper from that first OXFORD CONFERENCE of 20 years ago published in the March 1966 JASA, which also had some creative ideas.-Comments by the editor.)
3. The Magnificent Mind (Waco: Word Books, 1985. 262 pp., $9.95) is the latest from former ASA president Gary R. Collins, author of many books on psychology and counseling. This one touches lightly on just about every aspect of psychology, with a balanced assessment of many topics still controversial among either professional psychologists or Christians. It's an excellent example of popularizing by an expert who brings both a biblical perspective and current research to bear on questions people are asking. Usually beginning with a story from the popular press, Gary outlines what is known and what is thought about a topic, footnoting sernitechnical reports of research studies (often an account in Psychology Today or Scientific American). It's obvious from the gentle wisdom and positive tone of The Magnificent Mind that this author wants to help ordinary Christians. It's also obvious that he knows how to write for their benefit. Although he still teaches psychology part-time at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, Gary Collins has left his tenured academic position for a writing career. (Comments by the editor.)
4. Test-Tube Babies: Morals, Science, and the Law (1984) is a 12-page pamphlet critically responding to the Report of the Committee of Inquiry Into Human Fertilisation and Embryology (known as the "Warnock Report" for, its chair). The pamphlet is available for 50p from its publisher, Scottish Academic Press, Ltd., 33 Montgomery St., Edinburgh EH7 5JX, Scotland. Its distinguished author, Thomas F. Torrance, emeritus professor of Christian dogmatics at the University of Edinburgh, winner of the 1978 Templeton Prize, and author of Space, Time and Incarnation (Oxford, 1978) and Theological Science (Oxford, 1978), sent the Newsletter a copy. Prof. Torrance argues for legislation in Britain to "afford the human embryo per se the full protection of law, and to prohibit all experimentation on the human embryo." Taking a strong pro-fetal-life stand on the basis of Christian doctrine, he also brings up "the immense implications of the fact that with general relativity theory there has been effected a profound recovery of ontology altering the epistemological structure of science." He believes that a decisive turning point has been reached in fundamental science, in which "the artificial separation of the 'ought' from the 'is' carried out in the Enlightenment is set aside, and a profound element of moral obligation is built into the essential process of scientific inquiry." (Quotations from the pamphlet.)
5. Every Thought Captive to Christ is subtitled "A Guide to Resources for Developing a Christian Perspective in the Major Academic Disciplines." It is a 56-page magazine-size paperback put together by Kenneth W. Hermann of the Honors College/Experimental Programs Division of Kent State University and director of the Radix Christian Studies Program. Ken's bibliography lists over 800 titles of books "in the Evangelical and Reformed traditions which work out the meaning of a Christian perspective in the major academic disciplines," classifying them not only by field but also into three levels of difficulty. Ken also lists 60 professional organizations and periodicals (including ASA and JASA, of course). The book is available for $4.95, prepaid only (plus 14% of total for postage for 1-2 copies, 7% for 3-5, 5% for 6-10; discounts for larger quantities) from Radix Christian Studies Program, 1100 E. Summit, #7, Kent, OH 44240. (Quote from the book.)
6. The Criterion: Religious Discrimination in America (1984. paper, $6.95) is the latest book by Jerry Bergman of Bowling Green, Ohio. Published by Onesimus Press (2911 East 42nd St., Minneapolis, MN 55406), it "documents over 40 cases of religious discrimination in Europe and America"-one of which is undoubtedly Jerry's own 1980 dismissal from Bowling Green State University, still working its way through the judicial system. (Quote from an ad Jerry sent us.)OBITUARIES
James H. Crawford of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, died suddenly of a heart attack in October 1984. We're sorry that the Newsletter has little information about him, except that he was trained in chemistry. (We learned of Jim's death from Larry Martin of Carrboro, North Carolina, who had been in a Bible study with him just a week before.)
Donald H. Porter of Marion, Indiana, died in February 1985 at age 77. Born in rural Ohio, Donald graduated from Marion College and received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Indiana U. in 1950. Although he had taught at Indiana and at Taylor as well as Marion College at various times, he had been a resident of Marion for 60 years. He was professor emeritus at Marion College, which had named Porter Auditorium in its science building for him. Don was an active member of the Eighth Street Wesleyan Church in Marion, and for many years was an officer in the Indiana ASA local section. Memorials may be made to the Donald H. Porter Scholarship Fund at Marion College. (Our thanks to Wally Roth of Taylor for sending a clipping from the local newspaper.)PEOPLE LOOKING FOR POSITIONS
Abraham Verna (Research Scholar in Biochemistry, 1-51, P.G. Hostel for Men, National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal 132001, India) wants to leave India for three years to work in biochemistry, then return to help in the development of Indian agriculture. He is 29, single, and a committed evangelical Christian since 1979. Abraham has a B.Sc. in chemistry from Nagarjuna University (1978) and an M.Sc. in agricultural chemistry from Allahabad U. (1980). He expects to receive his Ph.D. in animal biochemistry in June 1985, with a dissertation on biochemical changes in the ripening of cheddar cheese made from buffalo milk. (Received April 1985 from Jim Berney of Toronto, head of Canadian IVCF, whose name had been given to Abraham by an evangelical student leader in India.)POSITIONS LOOKING FOR PEOPLE
Houghton College in New York still has open the position in computer science described in the last issue. Contact Kenneth E. Lindley, Chair, Div. of Science & Mathematics, OR Frederick D. Shannon, Dean, Houghton College, Houghton, NY 14744. Tel. (716) 567-2211. (Received March 1985.)
World Vision International continues to seek experts in many disciplines to work together in teams overseas, going beyond emergency relief to long-term development. Persons trained in nutrition are especially needed, but also in agriculture, civil engineering, economics, and hydrology, plus persons able to handle community planning, government coordination, logistics, and financial management of aid projects. Contact: Mr. Kent Stock, World Vision International, 919 W. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, CA 91016. (Received March 1985.)LOCAL SECTION ACTIVITIES
Bob recommends that other local sections consider a public discussion of that book (Two of the authors, Charlie Thaxton and Walt Bradley, are ASA members.), since its subject seems to draw people of various backgrounds and philosophical positions.GUELPH
Gary Partlow of the Department of Medical Sciences at the University of Guelph is president of the CSCA sec. tion, which recently asked people to indicate their interest in staying on the section's mailing list. A letter from Gary urged those now on the list to consider joining the national organization (brochure enclosed) and to contribute to the local section both intellectually and financially.
The same mailing reviewed some accomplishments of the section that have led to increased visibility in the university community. For example, "since the New Year a brief outlining a Christian viewpoint has been presented to the "Aims and Objectives Committee" of the University." Bill Woodward (Nutrition) and Doug Morrison (Animal & Poultry Science) made an oral presentation to that committee. A videotape of the section's lecture and panel discussion on morals and ethics has also been made available to interested groups. On request, the U. of Guelph Library has obtained a subscription to JASA.
A new Biotechnology Centre is being established at the university. Concerns about the need for ethical guidelines have been raised within the section's executive council and brought to the attention of the academic vice-president of the university and of the acting director of the centre. The section hopes to hold a symposium on that topic in the near future.INDIANA
Ann Hunt of Eli Lilly & Company reports that a dinner meeting held on April 13 drew 28 people to hear Bob Herrmann talk about what's happening in ASA. He managed to stir up considerable excitement about the work of the commissions, this summer's meeting with the Research Scientists' Christian Fellowship in Oxford, and of course the proposed TV series on science and faith. Besides all that, Ann says, the food was good, and inexpensive. The meeting was held at The Bay Window in Greenwood, a restaurant opened within the past two years by friends of Ann.
At a brief business meeting Ann "phased herself out" as chair of the section, turning that job over to Ed Squiers of Taylor University, to be followed in office by chairelect Fred Van Dyke of Ft. Wayne Bible College-both ecologists. (Of course there's some work connected with holding office in a local section, but you do get to influence the choice of topics-and the choice of restaurants.-Ed.)NORTH CENTRAL
Psychologist Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen spoke April 26 at a dinner meeting in the Bethel College Dining Hall in St. Paul. Her talk on "Winds of Change in Psychology" was co-sponsored by the ASA local section and by the Maclaurin Institute. Earlier that day the Maclaurin Institute and the Graduate Student Christian Fellowship sponsored a lecture by Mary on "Human and Artificial Intelligence" in Coffman Union on the U. of Minnesota campus. Mary, professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, is author of The Sorcerer's Apprentice: A Christian Looks at the Changing Face of Psychology (IVP, 1982).PERSONALS
William F. Campbell is living in Aix-en-Provence, France after service as a medical missionary in French-speaking Africa. He is currently engaged in writing a response to a book entitled The Bible, The Quran, and Science, by a French physician named Bucaille. Bucaille's book purports to show that the Bible is full of errors not found in the Quran. Bill wishes there were a modern revision of ASA's original publication, Modem Science and Christian Faith, to help him in his task. He asks for our prayers as he tries to move beyond polemics to an effective presentation of the gospel.
Dorothy Chappell, professor of biology at Wheaton College in Illinois, is coordinating this summer's program (May 22 - July 18) at Wheaton's 50-acre Black Hills Science Station near Rapid City, South Dakota. In addition to field studies and lab work in biology, geology, and general science, students can earn credit in an Old Testament course enriched by hiking to settings similar to those of the biblical events. ASA biologists David Bruce of Wheaton and Gerrit Van Dyke of Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois, are also on the faculty, along with Wheaton geologist David DeVries and archaeologist James Hoffmeier.
Gary C. Collins, psychologist and free-lance writer, is also a world traveler. Although he still teaches a little at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, last year he visited fourteen countries to speak on counseling and other issues of psychology and religion. During two weeks in Korea he saw two of his books launched in Korean translation; he arrived in India a couple of days after Mrs. Gandhi's assassination. Gary has been chosen to edit a major series of books on counseling to be published by Word beginning in 1986.
Robert A. Daniels is studying sociology at Bowling Green State U. in Ohio. Currently in a master's program specializing in deviance/criminology, Bob anticipates a college teaching career. He is interested in the biblical inerrancy debate, the Christian mind, and conservative biblical applications to social ills.
Edward B. Davis will become assistant professor of history and science at Messiah College in Pennsylvania in the fall, after teaching this year at Vanderbilt in Tennessee. When we heard from him about that, Ted had also just received word from Indiana U. that his 1984 doctoral dissertation had won the Esther L. Kinsley Prize for the best dissertation at Indiana for that year.
John R. Gehman is now chief of the family practice section of a health-maintenance organization (HMO) in Saginaw, Michigan. After six years of managing a satellite branch of the same HMO in Mt. Pleasant, John says his new Big City clientele is a bit frightening "to a country boy like me." But living 16 miles from the Big City affords the Gehmans some insulation for their private lives. John is looking forward to moving back to Canada when he retires in a few years.
James C. Hefley is a writer-in-residence at Hannibal LaGrange College in Missouri, a position that enables him to help faculty and students with writing projects. Jim, who has a Ph.D. in mass communications from Tennessee, serves as a literary agent for several authors but mainly continues to write books. His autobiographical account of growing up in the Ozarks (log cabin, oneroom school, the whole bit), Way Back in the Hills, was due from Tyndale House in May. Wife Marti does less writing now; she directs drama at the college. Jim is doing some directing at the college himself, June 17-22, of a "Mark Twain Sesquicentennial Writers' Workshop" open to any writer interested in publication. (Hannibal was the boyhood home of writer Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain.) For info, call Jim at (314) 221-3675 or 2212462; H-LG College, Hannibal, MO 63401.
David K. Johnson, M.D., graduated from a residency program in physical medicine and rehabilitation in December 1984, is now practicing in that field at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. His paper on "Pseudomembranous Colitis in Spinal Cord Injured Patients" has been accepted for publication in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Wil Lepkowski, a senior editor for Chemical & Engineering News, flew to India this winter to investigate the aftermath of the calamity that took place in Bhopal, in Madhya Pradesh, on December 2. Tons of methyl isocyanate gas escaping from a Union Carbide plant caused thousands of deaths and perhaps several hundred thousand injuries. Wil interviewed many people, from the mayor of Bhopal to the director-general of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research in New Delhi, for a story on the Indian reaction to the tragedy. It was published on February 11 in a special issue of C&EN devoted to Bhopal.
Stanley Lindquist, psychologist and president of Link Care Center in Fresno, California, is happy to see two new buildings nearing completion that will provide a new counseling center and more short-term housing for missionaries. Link Care offers counseling for both missionary candidates and missionaries returning from the field. ASA executive director Bob Herrmann stopped by in January on his "California swing," and gave a lecture at the center on "Genetic Engineering."
Gordon MacDonald has become president of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. While serving as senior pastor of Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts, from 1972 to 1984, he heard about ASA from Bob Herrmann and became an associate member. In 1984 Gordon was minister-at-large for World Vision International and presently chairs the board of that organization while settling in at IVCF. He and his wife Gail are both authors of books on Christian living. Michael Adeney of Logos Bookstore in Seattle (and ASA's Book Service) calls Gordon's new Ordering Your Private World "the most helpful book I've read in the past year."
Thomas R. Opie of Collinswood, New Jersey, is a Ph.D. organic chemist who spends a good bit of his time synthesizing new compounds for use in agriculture. At least some of his time, though, goes into his international family. About a year ago the Opies traveled to Honduras to adopt a son, now almost two years old.
William D. Sisterson, who served ASA as our Executive Secretary in the 1970's has been so effective in managing the business affairs of one growing church in Colorado that he is now beginning a broader ministry along these lines. Serving as an Administrative Assistant for the Rocky Mountain Conservative Baptist Association, Bill will help RMCBA churches cope with government regulations, business procedures (including computerization), property matters (including energy conservation), staffing needs and compensation, and church growth strategies. Honoraria from some of the younger churches in the four-state area (CO, MT, WY, NM), which may need Bill's help the most, won't cover the cost, so Bill and Pat need to raise something like $600 per month in support. Tax deductible contributions designated for the Sistersons should be made out to RMCBA, 5595 Del Paz Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918.
John L. Smith is associate professor of physics at Mount Vernon Nazarene College in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Born in Oklahoma and raised in Kansas, John received B.S.E. and M.S.E. degrees at Emporia State U. and his Ed.D. (1978) at Oklahoma State. He has taught physics, electronics, chemistry, or geology at high school and college level ever since, including three years at Kansas Technical Institute. A relatively new member of ASA, John says he is committed to "the resurrection power of Jesus Christ" and to "the value of a good Christian education."
Robin Wentworth, of Sanatorium, Mississippi, has accepted a job with the state as case manager/house parent at Boswell Retardation Center, while continuing graduate work in psychology at the U. of Southern Mississippi.
Bernard Zy1stra is resigning from the presidency of the
Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto at the end of
June 1985, to return to full-time scholarship in political
theory as a senior member of ICS. In the December issue
of the ICS newsletter Perspectives, Bernie said he hopes
the new president "will come from outside of the ICS
staff, will represent a different generation, will bring a
new reservoir of insight and experiences, will bring healing where today there is tension, will soon win the confidence of the supporting constituency, and will lay the
basis for expanding our work." Bernie has been on the
ICS staff since 1968, became academic principal in 1978,
and has served as president since 1982.