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Howard Evan Runner Collection

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Abstract

Biographical Note

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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book reviews; positions papers; D. H. Vollenhoven and H. Dooyeweerd material; creation/evolution debate material; an unpublished book, Perspectives in Philosophy, material; subject files with comments and reflections; Association for the Advancement of Christian Scholarship (AACS),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 9: Speeches, Lectures, and Sermons --- 1953-1990Add to your cart.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Speech given to Grand Rapids League of Reformed Men's Societies, including article "To What End Men's Societies?" in Torch and Trumpet --- 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Speech at a board/faculty conference "The Christian and the World: an historical Introduction to a Christian Theory of Culture" --- 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Notes for speech on American Culture --- 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Speech "The Development of Calvinism in North America on the Background of its Development in Europe" delivered in Calgary --- 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Speech notes for opening meeting of the Groen Club --- 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Speech outline for Association of Reformed Scientific Studies (ARSS) conference "The Death of God" --- 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Address at dedication of Institute for Christian Studies "Point Counterpoint" --- 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Notes for speech at Bolton Conference --- 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Notes for speech at Jubilee Conference --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Speech "Fundamental Issues of Christian Politics and Christian Party Formation" --- 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Notes for speech in Holland --- 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Speech "Christian Philosophical Enterprise in Light of Biblical Prophesy" given for Association for Calvinist Philosophy --- 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Speech by G.W. Knight III "Biblical Requirement of Male Leadership in Marriage and Church" with notes by H. Evan Runner --- 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Speech "Direction in the CRC" at Strathroy East CRC --- 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Commencement speech at Redeemer College, "On Being Society's Responsible Aliens" --- 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Speech "Stretching the Christian Outreach" by C.F. Henry at the Calvin Faculty Retreat --- 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Speech "What Went Wrong with CRC Thinking about American Labor Unions?" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Speech "Relation of Acts 1:1-4 to End of Luke" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Speech "The Telic Aspect of Christian Education" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Notes for speech on Association for Public Justice (APJ) --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Notes for speech on Christian politics --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Speeches to men's societies --- 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Speech given at Calvin Culture Association "Christian Witness Requires Christian Organization" and published in the Torch --- 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Speech for Christian Labor Association --- 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Notes for mass meeting of men's societies --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Notes for speech given to International Culture Society of Grand Rapids --- 1965Add to your cart.
Box 21Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Students for Political Education through Christian Thought and Renewing Action (SPECTRA) lecture on Liberalism and Conservatism --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Address given in Sarnia, Ontario on "The Word of God and the Life of a Christian" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Address "On Being Anti-Revolutionary and Christian - Historical at the Cutting Edge of History 1979-1980" given at the Centennial Celebration of the Anti-Revolutionary Party --- 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Speech "The Christian and the World" given at the Calvin Board of Trustees Convocation --- 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Speech "Battle and Spirits" given at Westminster Seminary --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Notes for address "On Being Society's Responsible Aliens" --- 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Notes for Calvin Chapel talks --- 1951-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Speech for Christian Freedom Foundation --- 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Notes for speeches at the Seattle Teachers Conference --- 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Speech to Calvin CRC Men's Fellowship "Radical Youth and the Church" --- 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Notes for chapel speeches at Covenant College --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Speech "Year of Decision - One Faith or Two?" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Speech to Ontario Teachers Convention --- 1964Add to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Introductory lectures for Philosophy 300 --- 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Lecture given at Eastern Avenue CRC "Year of Decision - One Faith or Two?" --- 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Lecture given at Edmonton --- 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Lectures given in Iowa --- 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Lecture "The Radical Christian Facing Today's Political Malaise" sponsored by SPECTRA --- 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Lectures on Aristotle --- 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Lectures for "Perspectives" courses --- 1972-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Lectures for Philosophy 151 and 152 --- 1978-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Notes for lecture at Jubilee Conference --- 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Lecture "How to Engage Philosophy in a Christian Manner" sponsored by SPECTRA --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Lectures on Philosophical Enterprise and Philosophical Movements --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Lecture "Education in America" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Lecture "Spiritual Consequences of Revolution Produced by Alexander the Great" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Lecture notes for "Ancient Philosophy" course --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Lecture on Cambridge Platonists --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Lecture "Introduction to Langley" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: "Popular Lecture" given to Association for Reformed Scientific Studies --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Outline for SPECTRA lecture on "Dualism" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Miscellaneous lecture notes, including lectures for CLAC, ARSS, and Toronto --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Lecture notes "Philosophizing by the Light of God's Word" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Notes for lectures in Toronto --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Notes for Chapel talk on Evolution --- 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Participation in Calvin CRC's Easter Service --- 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Talk to young people at Oakdale CRC --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Lecture "The Radical Christian Facing Today's Political Malaise" sponsored by SPECTRA --- 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Lecture notes on organizing experiences --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Lecture notes for Calvin CRC Adult Education Program --- 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Lecture for Calvinist Culture Association --- 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Lecture notes on "Relation of Christianity to Humanism" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Notes on lecture to the Faculty Seminar --- 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Book published by ARSS, The Relation of the Bible to Learning, from lectures given at the Unionville Study Conferences 1959-1960; [HERH BR100 .R85] --- [1967]Add to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Lecture notes on "Order" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Lecture on "American Politics" --- 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Lecture material for Philosophy 151 and 152 courses --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Notes for lecture "Year of Decision - One Faith or Two?" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Sermons "Christian Growth," "The Resurrection in Christ," "The Nature of Saving Faith," and "Paul's Redeemed Position" --- 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Sermon by Peter J. Gomes "The Preaching of Jesus: Law" --- 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Issue of Christian Opinion with article "Some Demands of Christianity upon Curriculum" by H. Evan Runner --- 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Torch and Trumpet articles, including: "The Christian and the World," "Het Roer Om!" and "Does Christian Social Action Demand Absolute Break?" --- 1953-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Response to article by N. Wolterstorff "The Word of God and Learning" in the Reformed Journal --- 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Article by Elizabeth Runner "The Bible and the Life of the Christian" --- 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Focus article "Questions on Religion and Science" and response by H. Evan Runner --- 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Christian Courier articles "The Death of God" --- 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Article "Bankrupt Humanism and Vital Christianity" in Christian Economics --- 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Articles in Perspective re: H. Evan Runner --- 1967-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Article "Bankrupt Humanism and Vital Christianity" in Christian Economics --- 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Article by H. Evan Runner "A Christian Political Opinion" in Ar Staatkunde --- 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Article by H. Evan Runner "A Christian Political Opinion" in Ar Staatkunde --- 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Article in Christian Renewal "Reflection on Synod" --- 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Christian Renewal articles re: Klaas Schilder --- 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Banner articlesAdd to your cart.
Item 1: “A Glimpse of Vollenhoven of Amsterdam” --- 1961Add to your cart.
Item 2: “Dooyeweerd’s Passing: An Appreciation" --- 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Calvinist Contact articlesAdd to your cart.
Item 1: "ARSS and its Reorganization” by H.E. Runner --- 1962Add to your cart.
Item 2: “Institute Remembers 25 Years of Claiming Learning for Christ” by Bert Witvoet re: ICS and H.E. Runner --- 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Chimes articles re: H. Evan Runner --- 1962-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Grand Rapids Press article --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Beweging articles (by others) --- 1975-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Various magazine articles on "Christian Perspectives" (by others) --- 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Article "Relations Natural and Unnatural- Response to J. Boswell's Exegesis on Romans 1" by Richard B. Hays with highlighting by H.E. Runner --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Issue of Pro Rege with an article by Nick Van Til entitled "Calvinism and Art" with notes by H.E. Runner --- 1982Add 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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