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Howard J. Van Till Collection, 1967-2008 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

By Ed Gerritsen, April 2010

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Collection Overview

Title: Howard J. Van Till Collection, 1967-2008

ID: COLL/505

Primary Creator: Van Till, Howard J. (1938-)

Extent: 1.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

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Abstract

Professor of physics at Calvin College. The collection includes critiques, book reviews, advertisements, articles, prepared statements, reactions, correspondence, a lecture, and an interview. It details the controversy regarding Van Till's book, The Fourth Day.

Biographical Note

Howard J. Van Till was born on 28 Nov 1938 in Modesto, California. Van Till attended Calvin College and graduated with a BS in 1960. He furthered his education at Michigan State University, where he earned his PhD in physics in 1965. As he was doing post-doctoral research at the University of California at Riverside he was also teaching at the University of Redlands. His area of focus was in solid-state physics.

In 1967 his alma mater, Calvin College, asked him to join the faculty of the physics department. Van Till accepted the position, and he would remain with the college for the next thirty years. He began his career at Calvin teaching Astronomy 110. Eventually Van Till switched his focus of solid-state physics to astrophysics. He even went on sabbatical leave for a year to the University of Texas-Austin and the McDonnell Observatory in 1974.

Besides being a gifted educator and lecturer, Van Till was also a talented writer. He has written a great number of publications in professional journals such as Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation as well as religious periodicals like the Banner. However, in 1986 Van Till faced controversy regarding his first book, The Fourth Day. Soon after the book was released some members of the Christian Reformed Church community strongly criticized Van Till's work and even questioned the validity of his faith. For four years Van Till was investigated by the college regarding his eligibility to teach. Despite the investigation, Van Till continued to work at Calvin College until his retirement in the late nineties. Standing by Van Till's side throughout the ups and down was his wife Betty and their four children-Steven, Roger, Nancy, and Mary Beth.

Van Till is one of the founding members of the International Society for Science and Religion. He has been a member of professional societies such as the American Astronomical Society and American Scientific Affiliation. Van Till continues to speak and write on issues of science and religion. More recently, Van Till has expressed his journey from Calvinism to free thought, and even gave a presentation to the Freethought Association of West Michigan in 2006.


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Folder 1: The Outlook articles RE: Creation/Evolution and Biblical Interpretation --- 1991
Folder 2: Article, “Did Calvin’s Trustees Exonerate Dr. Van Till?” The Reformed Witness --- Dec. 1991
Folder 3: Outlook articles RE: Genesis, etc. --- 1986-1994
Folder 4: Standard Bearer articles RE: Creation/Evolution --- 1991
Folder 5: Origins and Design article, “Basil and Augustine Revisited” --- 1998
Folder 6: Papers and related material for Theology and Science Consultation – Center for Theological Inquiry --- 1996
Folder 7: Paper, “A Few Thoughts on Academic Freedom" --- 1996
Folder 8: Paper, Sagan’s Fact or Fancy --- undated
Folder 9: Paper, “An Alternative to Eitherorsmanship" --- undated
Folder 10: Paper, “Are There Gaps in the Creation’s Formational Economy?” --- undated
Folder 11: Paper, “Is the Creation a Right Stuff Universe?” and “The Universe, No Place for a Small God" --- undated
Folder 12: Paper, “Why Theistic Evolutionists Should Reject the Robust Formational Economy Principal,” John A. Bloom, Biola University --- undated
Folder 13: Paper, “What’s Wrong with Methodological Naturalism?” --- undated
Folder 14: Paper, “Standing between Silence and A Quiet Place" --- undated
Folder 15: Paper, “The Theistic Evolution of Howard J. Van Till,” T. Montelauro --- undated
Folder 16: Paper, “Van Till on Origins and the Past,” Theodore Plantinga --- 1987
Folder 17: Paper, “A Critique of H. J. Van Till’s The Fourth Day,” S. E. Waldrons --- undated
Folder 18: Paper, “A Consistent Inconsistency” by Mark Perakh, and related material --- 2002
Folder 19: Paper, “Methodological Naturalism?” by A. Plantinga and letter of response by H. J. Van Till --- 1992
Folder 20: Papers by P. E. Johnson, “Evolution and Theistic Naturalism,” “The Blind Watchmaker Thesis,” and “Disestablishing Naturalism" --- 1992
Folder 21: Paper, “The Place of Creation in the Bible – Preliminary Considerations of Science Held Hostage,” W. C. Gwaltney --- 1993

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