Toronto Program (July 26-29)

American Scientific Affiliation (
Tue, 7 May 1996 17:48:16 -0400

Here is a preliminary program of the ASA meeting this July sent to me by
Don Munro. A more formatted web version is available at




Field trips: Geology
Self-guided Metro Toronto tours
Registration: 3 - 10 p.m., EDT
Dinner: 5 - 6 p.m.

SESSION 1: 6:30 - 8:45 p.m.
Welcome and Program Introduction
Toronto: A World Class City, by Tony Carnes
KEYNOTE ADDRESS #1: The 21st Century City: The Shaking Apart of
Civilization's Foundations?
by Robert C. Linthicum, Executive Director,
Partners in Urban Transformation

Renew acquaintances with old friends and make new ones!


SESSION 2: 8:30 - 9 a.m. - Devotions and Prayer

SESSION 3: 9:10 - 10:25 a.m.

Section A - Environmental Stewardship
Stewardship: Why Perspectives Matter, by Thaddeus J. Trenn,
Victoria University
Greed, Need or Creed? Land Ethics in the Rural-Urban

Fringe of Edmonton, by Harry Spaling, The King's University College
Reclaiming Urban Brownfields: Technology and Policy, by Jack
C. Swearengen, Sandia National Laboratories
How Much Wilderness Is Enough? Perspectives fromConservation
and Christianity, by Joseph Kenneth Sheldon, Messiah College

Section B - The Future of the Scientific Enterprise: The PEW
Scholars Program: Its Vision, Impact, and Future, by Michael S. Hamilton,
University of Notre Dame
Networking Christian Biologists, by Gerald D. Hess, Messiah College
Extraterrestrial Hopes for Planet Earth, by Joseph L. Spradley,
Wheaton College
Artificial Life, Cosmology and Creation, by Robert J. Schier,
Orinda, CA

Section C - Ethical and Moral Issues Scientists as Moral Entrepreneurs
and the Challenge of Self-Esteem, by Kathleen M. Gow, president,
KMG Associates
The Subject as Data-Producer vs. the Participant as Colleague:
Ethics and Practice of Human Experimentation with "Voluntary"
Students: A Christian Approach, by John I. Bechtold,
Messiah College
Changing Concepts of Sexuality as Population Becomes More
Psychology, Biology, and Culture,by John M. Vayhinger,
Behavioral Services, Colorado Springs, CO
Creation Science and the Caring for Creation in Korea, byYang
Seung-Hun, Kyungpook National University, Korea

SESSION 4: 10:45 a.m. - 12 noon

Section A - Conservation and Health
Rivers of Plastic and the River of Life, by Charles E.
Chaffey, University
of Toronto
The Science of Water and the Water of the Bible: A Jakiean
by Ted M. Beverley, Toronto
The Human Condition: Health Status of the Urban Culture, by
B. Ruble, Samford University
The Prostitution of Christianity and Science by the New Age
in a Significant Segment of the Practice of Medicine, by John F. H.
Steward, M.D., Brockville, Ontario

Section B - The Biblical Foundation for Scientific Research Methods
The Great Commission and Research, by David O. Moberg,
Relationships in Research: Seeking Insights Through Parables,
by Dan
Doorn and Maria Pacino, Azusa Pacific University
Reflections on Research from the Wisdom Literature, by Peter
L. Liu,
Malone College
Research Methods and Proverbs 1-9, by Donald Ratcliff, Toccoa

Section C - Religion and Community Urbanisation, Christianity and
Contributions to Social Capital: Can Committed Christians Be IN
the City,
but Not OF the City? by Donald C. Posterski, World Vision
Canada, and
Andrew S. Grenville, Angus Reid Group, Toronto
Naturalism and the Anthropology of Religion, by Paul K. Wason,
Asceticism as Cultural Critique, by David J. Wood, United Baptist
Church, Lewiston, ME

SESSION 5: 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS #2: The City as God Proposes and Humanity Disposes: A
Biblical Perspective, by Robert C. Linthicum

SESSION 6: 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Section A - Canadian Religion and Society Who Are These Canadians Some
Would Call Evangelicals?: An Overview of Evangelicalism in Canada,
by Andrew S. Grenville, Angus Reid Group (Dedicated to the
memory of
George Rawlyk, 1935-1995)
Quebec Separatism's Threat to the Canadian Union: Causes,
Consequences, Cures, by Ted M. Beverley, Toronto
Defining the Limits of Multiculturalism in Urban Canada, by
Daniel H.
Osmond, Toronto

Section B - Theory: Chaos and Other Issues From Chaos to Chaos:
Foundations for Mathematical Thinking, by Jan de Koning, University
of Toronto
Biblical Faith, Chaos Theory, Social Science and
Post-Modernism, by
Walter C. Hobbs, consultant inHigher Education, East Amherst, NY
The Similarity of Theory Testing in the Historical and "Hard"
Sciences, by Keith B. Miller, Kansas State University
The Concept of Human Nature in Science and Theology, by Jitse
M. van
der Meer, Pascal Centre, Redeemer College

Section C - Origins and the Flood The Riddle of Life's Beginning on the
Plant Earth, by John M. Vayhinger, Behavioral Science, Colorado
The Flood and Modern Science: A Literary Examination of
Genesis 1-9,
by Shiv Chopra, Manotick, Ontario
Geological Evidences for the Biblical Worldwide Flood about 4,500
Years Ago, by H. Donald Daae, Genesis International Research
The Origin of Species, Part II, Carl Resler, University of Texas

SESSION 7: 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.: Business Meetings

SESSION 8: 6:30 - 8:45 p.m.: Banquet
Music by Lifted Voices
Down to Earth, Christian drama, storytelling and media

SESSION 9: 9 p.m. - ASA Commission meetings on The Future of
Relationships between Christianity, Science and Science-related Professions
A. Affiliation of Christian Biologists
B. Affiliation of Christian Geologists
C. Bioethics
D. Communications H. Industry
E. Creation I. Philosophy and Theology
F. Global Resources J. Physical Sciences
and Environment K. Science Education
G. History of Science L. Social Sciences


SESSION 10: 8:30 - 9:45 a.m. - Christian Education

Section A - Bible Study and Theology
The City in the Bible, by William B. Monsma, The MacLaurin
Kenosis, by The Rev. Dr. Graham Cotter, Anglican Church of Canada
A Hermeneutical Lesson from Sarah on the Relationship Between the
Scriptures and Science, by Denis O. Lamoureux, University of Alberta
Hindsight Translation of Genesis 1:1-2:4a, by Dallas E. Cain, East
Glenville Church, Scotia, NY

Section B - Christianity and Science
He Holds the Whole World in His Hands, by Robert VanderVennen,
Institute of Christian Studies
Is "Intelligent Design" Christian? by George L. Murphy, St. Mark
Lutheran Church, Tallmadge, OH
Can Science Be Considered a Religion? by Boguslaw Lipinski,
H.S. Research
Responsible Use of Scientific Knowledge, by John Setchell,
Rochester, NY

SESSION 11: 10 - 11:30 a.m. - Worship in Trinity Chapel
Sermon: Renewed Leadership in a Changing World, by The Honorable
D. Christy, Mayor, City of Kitchener, Ontario

SESSION 12: 1 - 5 p.m. -Toronto Field Trip and Urban Workshop
Michael Krause, Director, Evergreen Division of the Yonge Street
Mission and
Gerald Vandezande, Executive Director, Citizens for Public Justice,
Policies at the Edge of the 21st Century

SESSION 13: 6:45 - 9:30 p.m. - Politics and Christianity in Contemporary
The Crisis in Faith and the Crisis in Masculinity, by The Honorable
D. Christy, Ph.D., Mayor, City of Kitchener, Ontario
Reactors: Tony Carnes and Robert C. Linthicum
Response by Mayor Christy and Discussion with the Audience

MONDAY, JULY 29 Checkout ll:00 luggage will be stored

SESSION 14: 8:30 - 9 a.m. - Devotions and Prayer

SESSION 15: 9:10 - 10:30 a.m. - KEYNOTE ADDRESS #3
How Christians Can Make a Difference in the Emerging City, by Robert C.

SESSION 16: 10:45 a.m. - 12 noon

Section A - Urbanization and Community Urbanization in Mainland
China: A
Christian Response to Recent Trends, by Michael Barbalas, OMF International
Shared Obstacles to Development: Third World LosAngeles
and Third
World Planet Earth, by Stanley W.Moore, Pepperdine University
Foundations of Community for a Fragmenting World, by Bradley G.
Breems, Trinity Christian College
The Post Modern City: A Christian Response, by Russell
Covenant College

Section B - The Bible and Research Methods: Philosophical and
Certainty of Faith and Probabilistic Science by Jerome D. Thayer,
Andrews University
Theistic Science: A Response to Johnson and Moreland, by James N.
Behnke, Asbury College
New Testament Parallels: Impartiality, Consensus, and Delphi
Methodology, by Thomas Jefferson Pounders III, Ouachita
Baptist University
Stimulus Relevance in the Context of 2 Peter 1:5, by Michael J.
Kelley, Society for Christianity in Addiction and Neurosciences

Section C - Potpourri
Ethnic and Social Structural Barriers to Peace and
Reconciliation in
Northern Ireland, by Craig Seaton, Trinity Western University
Bottom-Up or Top-Down? by Robert F. DeHaan, Philadelphia, PA
The Theology of Nature in Pictures, by Paul Arveson,Research

FAREWELL: 1:15 - 3 p.m. - Depart to Serve!

SESSION 17: 1:30 - 6 p.m.- Field Trips in Toronto
A fascinating tour of Ethnic Toronto and Chinatown guided and with
commentary by Tony Carnes (Cost: subway fares and optional dinner in
Self-guided sightseeing in Toronto and vicinity