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What exactly is the American Scientific Affiliation?

The American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) is a fellowship of men and women of science and disciplines that can relate to science who share a common fidelity to the Word of God and a commitment to integrity in the practice of science. ASA was founded in 1941 and has grown significantly since that time. The stated purpose of the ASA is "to investigate any area relating Christian faith and science" and "to make known the results of such investigations for comment and criticism by the Christian community and by the scientific community."

Why must there be an ASA?

Science has brought about enormous changes in our world. Christians have often reacted as though science threatened the very foundations of Christian faith. ASA's unique mission is to integrate, communicate, and facilitate properly researched science and biblical theology in service to the Church and the scientific community.

ASA members have confidence that such integration is not only possible but necessary to an adequate understanding of God and His creation. Our total allegiance is to our Creator. We acknowledge our debt to Him for the whole natural order and for the development of science as a way of knowing that order in detail. We also acknowledge our debt to Him for the Scriptures, which give us "the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ."

We believe that honest and open study of God's dual revelation, in nature and in the Bible, must eventually lead to understanding of its inherent harmony.

The ASA is also committed to the equally important task of providing advice and direction to the Church and society in how best to use the results of science and technology while preserving the integrity of God's creation.

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Coming Events

Nov. 16. “Reaching for the Heavens: The Vatican Observatory,” Chicago, IL. Speaker: Fr. George V. Coyne, President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation & Director Emeritus of the Vatican Observatory. Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 7:30–9:00 p.m. Details. Expected to be available on line some time after the presentation.


Nov. 17. Science and Spirit Conference, Graduate Theological Union Library, Berkeley, CA, 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by Center for Theology & the Natural Sciences (CTNS). Details.


Nov. 17. “Human Biology and Spiritual Reality,” Cambridge, MA. Sponsors: The Veritas Forum & The Trinity Forum. Speaker: William Hurlbut. Harvard U., Sever Hall 113, 8:00 p.m. Details and Questions.


Nov. 18. "Religion and Science in Modern America," Berkeley, CA. Public Forum with Edward Davis, sponsored by Center for Theology & the Natural Sciences (CTNS). Tucson Room, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA, 4:00 pm. Details.  


Nov. 18–20. Bible and Archaeology Fest, sponsored by Biblical Archaeology Review, San Francisco, CA. Information.


Nov. 19. Science and Religion Hospitality Event at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) Conference, San Francisco, CA. Sponsors: CTNS, IRAS and ZCRS. 7:00–10:00 p.m. Details.


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