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Howard Evan Runner Collection

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Abstract

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Runner Biographical and Autobiographical

Seminary Course Notes

Correspondence

Groen van Prinsterer Society

D. H. Vollenhoven Material

H. Dooyeweerd Material

Creation/Evolution Debate Material

Lecture Notes

Speeches, Lectures, and Sermons

Papers Written

Perspectives Material

Subject Files and Comments/Reflections

Material re: National Association for Christian Political Action (NACPA), Association for Reformed Scientific Studies (ARSS), Institute for Christian Studies (ICS), and Christian Labor Association (CLA)

Papers by Authors Other than H. Evan Runner

Varia

Photographs



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Howard Evan Runner Collection, 1928-2004 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

By Paul Bremer, March 2011

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Collection Overview

Title: Howard Evan Runner Collection, 1928-2004Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/509

Primary Creator: Runner, Howard Evan (1916-2002)

Extent: 35.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Date Acquired: 00/00/2008

Abstract

Professor of philosophy at Calvin College. The collection includes biographical and autobiographical information; course notes; correspondence; speeches, lectures, and sermons; materials regarding the Groen van Prinsterer Club; articles and book reviews; positions papers; D. H. Vollenhoven and H. Dooyeweerd material; creation/evolution debate material; an unpublished book, Perspectives in Philosophy, material; subject files with comments and reflections; Association for the Advancement of Christian Scholarship (AACS), Association of Reformed Scientific Studies (ARSS), Christian Labor Association (CLA), Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC ), National Association for Christian Political Action (NACPA), and Institute for Christian Studies (ICS) materials; and select papers written by other authors. [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Howard Evan Runner, known as H. Evan Runner or simply Evan Runner, was born in 1916 in Oxford, Pennsylvania, to Howard Clinton Runner and Sara Mabel Watterson. In his early years Runner had a love of philosophy and language-and a desire to be a missionary. He graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1932; from Wheaton College in 1936. Although he received a scholarship to study at the University of Illinois, he went to Westminster Seminary for advanced studies. Cornelius Van Til of Westminster convinced him to learn the Dutch language so he would be able to pursue some significant thinkers of the Netherlands. Runner went to the Netherlands in 1939 and studied with Klaas Schilder and Seakle Greijdanus at the Theological School in Kampen. He returned to the US in early 1940 and went to Harvard, studing with Werner Jaeger and was a Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University from 1941-1943.

After leaving Harvard he taught English and Latin at Eastern Academy in Paterson, New Jersey. He returned to the Netherlands in 1946 to study at the Free University and began to appreciate the work of reformational philosophers Herman Dooyeweerd and Dirk Hendrik Theodoor Vollenhoven. He received  his doctorate in1951 cum laude.

In 1950 he joined the Philosophy Department at Calvin College. He taught with zeal and gathered students from various disciplines into the Groen van Prinsterer Society.  These students became his friends and collegues. His dedication and teaching a new vision of Christian Philosphy earned Runner the Faith and Teaching Award from the  Calvin Alumni Association.

He developed a program of study which included "who the Puritans were, the meaning of the Enlightenment, its influence in America, the basic ideas of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the nature of Scholasticism, particularly as manifested in Reformed theology, the concept of natural law, the religious ground-motives that have successively given order to the experience of Western man, the origins of capitalsm, the rise of the labor movement, etc."

Runner was instrumental in formation and leadership of the Association for the Advancement of Christian Scholarship. Many of his students established their own careers, often at Christian colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

Runner was married to Elisabeth Hendrika Wichers. They had three children, Evan, Cathy, and Jocelyn. He died in 2002.

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: Boxes

Acquisition Source: Evan W. Runner, June 2008

Related Materials: Audio recordings of some of Evan Runner's classroom lectures were recorded on cassette tape and can be found in the Campus Titles database. For more information please see https://calvin.edu/offices-services/information-technology/contact/audio-visual/titles/.

Other Note: Acc. No. 08.31


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Runner Biographical and Autobiographical, 1928-2004],
[Series 2: Seminary Course Notes, undated],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1930-1999],
[Series 4: Groen van Prinsterer Society, 1951-1976],
[Series 5: D. H. Vollenhoven Material, 1942-1981],
[Series 6: H. Dooyeweerd Material, 1933-1994],
[Series 7: Creation/Evolution Debate Material, 1953-1994],
[Series 8: Lecture Notes, 1952-1984, undated],
[Series 9: Speeches, Lectures, and Sermons, 1953-1990],
[Series 10: Papers Written, 1951-1981],
[Series 11: Perspectives Material, undated],
[Series 12: Subject Files and Comments/Reflections, 1954-1987],
[Series 13: Material re: National Association for Christian Political Action (NACPA), Association for Reformed Scientific Studies (ARSS), Institute for Christian Studies (ICS), and Christian Labor Association (CLA), 1961-1997],
[Series 14: Papers by Authors Other than H. Evan Runner, 1938-1992],
[Series 15: Varia, 1939-1981],
[Series 16: Photographs],
[All]

Series 8: Lecture Notes --- 1952-1984, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Syllabus for Philosophy 220 "The History of Philosophy" --- 1958-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Drafts for Ancient Philosophy exams --- 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Material for tutorial on Ancient Philosophy --- 1983-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Miscellaneous notes for Ancient Philosophy courses --- 1968-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Preliminary material for Philosophy 300 "History of Ancient Philosophy" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Syllabus for Philosophy 220 "History of Ancient Philosophy" with additional notes --- 1968-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Notes for Philosophy 151 and 152 --- 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Notes for Philosophy 151 and 152 --- 1975-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Reading lists for Philosophy 151 and 152 --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Notes for "Perspectives" course --- 1959Add to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Notes for "Perspectives" course --- 1964-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Notes for "Perspectives" course --- 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Notes for "Christian Perspectives in Philosophy" course --- 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Notes for "Perspectives" course --- 1976-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Notes for "Perspectives" course --- 1983-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Notes for "Perspectives" course, Philosophy 101 --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Notes for "Perspectives" course, Philosophy 101 --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Notes for "Perspectives" course: "Relation of 18th Century to 17th Century" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Notes for "CPOL (Christian Perspectives on Learning)" course --- 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Notes for Philosophy 300 course: "Modern Philosophy," --- 1951-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Notes for "19th Century" Philosophy course --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Material for "History of Modern Philosophy" course: book by Edgar A. Singer Jr. entitled Experience and Reflection --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Notes for section on Kant from course on "German Idealism" --- 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Notes for possible book/course on "German Idealism" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Notes for course on "German Idealism" --- 1972-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Notes for course on "German Idealism and the Philosophy of F.W.J. Schelling" --- 1971-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Chronological charts for courses in "German Pietism" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Notes for "Greek Philosophy" course --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Notes on Greek history --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Notes for "Greek Philosophy" course --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Notes for "Plato" course --- 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Notes for "Cambridge Platonists" course --- 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Research notes on Plato --- 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Lecture notes on Plato --- 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Notes for "Plato/Aristotle" course --- 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Notes for "Later dialogues of Plato" course - Philosophy 351 --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Outline of Plato's Gorgias and exam for "The Mind of Plato" course - Philosophy 210 --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Notes for "Philosophy of Aristotle" course --- 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Notes for "Aristotle" course --- 1965-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Notes for "Aristotle" course --- 1968-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Notes for "Aristotle" course - Philosophy 300 --- 1955-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Notes for "Philosophy of Aristotle" course --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Notes on Thomas Aquinas' commentaries on Aristotle --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Exam material for various courses --- 1952-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Notes for second Unionville Conference --- 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Notes for article on the American Revolution --- 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Notes for "Inleiding I.D. Philosophie" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Notes for "Science Seminar" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Notes for "Political Philosophy" course --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Notes for "Sociology" course --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Notes for "Jean Jacques Rousseau" course - Philosophy 335 --- 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Notes for Philosophy courses at Trinity Christian College (Calvin Seerveld) --- 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Notes on "Conspectus Historiae" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Notes on "Logic" course - Philosophy 200 --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Miscellaneous ideas for a course and/or book --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Tutorial course on "Christian Approach to Study of History of Philosophy" --- 1971-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Research material for "Philosophical Background of the New Left" course, including "Hegel, Marcuse, and the New Left" by Bernard Zylstra --- 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Reading lists for "Philosophy" courses --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Notes for "American History" courses --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Miscellaneous exams and quizzes --- 1953-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Notes on Karl Mannheim --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Notes for summer courses at Unionville --- 1964-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Notes for Philosophy 151 and 152 courses --- undatedAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Runner Biographical and Autobiographical, 1928-2004],
[Series 2: Seminary Course Notes, undated],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1930-1999],
[Series 4: Groen van Prinsterer Society, 1951-1976],
[Series 5: D. H. Vollenhoven Material, 1942-1981],
[Series 6: H. Dooyeweerd Material, 1933-1994],
[Series 7: Creation/Evolution Debate Material, 1953-1994],
[Series 8: Lecture Notes, 1952-1984, undated],
[Series 9: Speeches, Lectures, and Sermons, 1953-1990],
[Series 10: Papers Written, 1951-1981],
[Series 11: Perspectives Material, undated],
[Series 12: Subject Files and Comments/Reflections, 1954-1987],
[Series 13: Material re: National Association for Christian Political Action (NACPA), Association for Reformed Scientific Studies (ARSS), Institute for Christian Studies (ICS), and Christian Labor Association (CLA), 1961-1997],
[Series 14: Papers by Authors Other than H. Evan Runner, 1938-1992],
[Series 15: Varia, 1939-1981],
[Series 16: Photographs],
[All]


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