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Howard Evan Runner Collection

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Abstract

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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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book reviews; positions papers; D. H. Vollenhoven and H. Dooyeweerd material; creation/evolution debate material; an unpublished book, Perspectives in Philosophy, material; subject files with comments and reflections; Association for the Advancement of Christian Scholarship (AACS),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


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[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 15: Varia --- 1939-1981Add to your cart.
Box 34Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Article in Publius "Religion and Political Development in 19th Century Holland" by J.W. Skillen --- 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Bible manual "Of Kings and Prophets Part I" by H. Fernhout --- 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Bible manual "Of Kings and Prophets Part II" by H. Fernhout --- 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Bibliographies of books, authors, and topics --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Summary of Jose Ortega y Gasset's "Concord and Liberty" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Paper "The Significance of Cornelius Van Til" by Robert Knudsen --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Material re: Norman Shepherd/Westminster Seminary Controversy --- 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Portion of book on Cudworth by J. Passmore --- 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Notes from Bible Study Class taught by H. Evan Runner --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Articles in Christian Herald re: Christian action and sphere sovereignty --- 1969Add to your cart.
Box 35Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Material re: Westminster Seminary --- 1942-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Material re: Wijsbegeerte Der Wetsidee" --- 1939-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Subcommittee report on evaluation of pre-seminary students --- 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Semi-Annual Report of Harvard Institute for Classical Studies" --- 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Biography of Crane Brinton (History Professor at Harvard University) --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Report to Board of Trustees of Christian University Association of America --- 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 7: A. Keizer on Wolterstorff's Reason within the Bounds of Religion (translated by H. Evan Runner) --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Newsletter New Reformation --- 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Book Christian Perspectives (Chapter 8 by H. Evan Runner) --- 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Lists of books to read/buy --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Survey of articles on Polemius --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Bibliographies on Greek history and culture --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Translations of disputations --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Outlines for book Philosophical Enterprise in Light of Scriptural Prophesy --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Material on contemporary philosophy and theology in various countries and times --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Constitution of the Theologia Reformanda Est Society --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Material for Free University course "Christian Approach to Apologetics" by H. Van Riessen --- 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Miscellaneous bibliographies --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Course outline for "History of Church Relations in the West" by John Witte Jr. --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Lists of the collected articles of H. Evan Runner --- 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Lists of financial support for H. Evan Runner --- 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Outline plan of study for student clubs --- 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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