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American Scientific Affiliation.



  • Existence: 1941-

Biographical Statement

The American Scientific Affiliation was founded in 1941 by five Christian scientists. John Haitsma, Peter Stoner, Russell Sturgis, Irving Cowperthaite, and Alton Everest met in Chicago to discuss their concern about the need for integration between science and scripture. The American Scientific Affiliation was established in order to "investigate any area relating Christian faith and science and to make known the results of such investigations for comment and criticism by the Christian community and by the scientific community." From the original five members, the ASA has grown to include over 2000 members from most of the 50 states and 38 foreign countries. These members come from all branches of science.

The constitution of the ASA, first published in May of 1942, with the most recent revision in 1970 provides for an Executive Council to be the governing body of the ASA. The Executive Council consists of a president, vice president, secretary treasurer, and two additional members. Each member of the Council serves a five year term. In addition to the Executive Council an Executive Secretary is appointed for an indefinite term. The ASA consists of five classes of membership: Associate, Member, Fellow, Emeritus, and Honorary Fellow. Although both Members and However, only Fellows may serve on the Executive Council.

In 1946 the ASA held their first Annual Convention at Wheaton College. The Annual Convention brings together members from all over the world, giving them opportunity to discuss and review changes within their respective fields.

The ASA, through its publications, seeks to present information that is scientifically accurate and scripturally sound. Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith: Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation (formerly Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation) has been published quarterly since 1949 and is the major periodical for the organization. In 1959 the ASA News a bimonthly newsletter was first issued. In addition to the Journal and the ASA News, the ASA has published several monographs, pamphlets, and books including Modern Science and Christian Faith (1st edition 1948) and Evolution and Christian Thought Today (1959). Co-founder Dr. F. Alton Everest authored a history of the organization, "The American Scientific Affiliation: Its Growth and Early Development" (1986).

Author: Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections staff

Found in 36 Collections and/or Records:

American Scientific Affiliation (ASA).

 Unprocessed Material — Container: 1
Identifier: 2022-0025
Dates: 2022

American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SC-026
Scope and Contents The American Scientific Affiliation Collection, part of the Wheaton College Special Collections, contains a detailed record of the workings and development of this Christian professional organization. The collection includes photographs, brochures, minutes, papers, books, manuscripts, and articles from the origin of the organization in 1941 up to the early 2000s.Pieces of correspondence dating from prior to the foundation of the Affiliation are also included. All material has...
Dates: Created: 1940-2019; Other: Majority of material found in 1940-1986; Other: Date acquired: 1986

Christianity Today Records

Identifier: CN 008
Brief Description Correspondence, memos, forms, financial reports, minutes of meetings, study papers, clippings and other records of the Evangelical Christian publishing organization. The records describe the founding of the organization to publish the magazine Christianity Today and its creation or acquisition of other publications such as Campus Life, Leadership, Leadership 100, Partnership, and Your Church. Besides material on the editing, publishing and distribution of these periodicals, the files also...
Dates: Created: Majority of material found within 1930, 1954-2002

Collection 448 Oral History Interviews with Seung-Hun Yang

Identifier: CN 448
Scope and Contents Oral history interview with Seung-Hun Yang in which he discusses the discipline and devotion of the rural South Korean Presbyterian church he grew up in, the effects of the Korean War on the country, his father's example as a Christian and lay leader, the work of the Navigators abd Campus Crusade for Christ in Korea, Yang's education as a physicist, the introduction of creation science to Korea, his efforts to found a Christian university, and the strengths and weaknesses of the Korean...
Dates: Created: 1991

David O. Moberg Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SC-065
Scope and Contents The David Moberg papers are organized into five major manuscript series: Biographical, Correspondence, Activities, Media and Secondary Publications. The largest portion of the collection is found in the Activities series which is divided into sub-series that straddle personal biographical and non-teaching professional and teaching files. These include: Officer Candidate School, Minnesota Boys Town, American Scientific Affiliation, Committee on Social Agencies of Welfare, St. Paul Conference...
Dates: Created: 1949-2017; Other: Majority of material found in 1955-1981; Other: Date acquired: 1994

Media: Audio | ASA {2011-0272}

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2011-0272

MSS | American Scientific Affiliation

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2016-0001

MSS | American Scientific Affiliation {2017-0009}

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2017-0009

MSS | American Scientific Affiliation (2019-0054)

 Unprocessed Material — Container: 1
Identifier: 2019-0054
Dates: Majority of material found in 2019 - 2019

MSS | American Scientific Affiliation {2020-0014}

 Unprocessed Material — Container: 1
Identifier: 2020-0014
Dates: Majority of material found in 2020 - 2020

MSS | American Scientific Affiliation {2021-0061}

 Unprocessed Material — Container: 1
Identifier: 2021-0061
Dates: Majority of material found within 2016 - 2021

MSS | American Scientific Affiliation, March 2016

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2016-0026

MSS | ASA 2017 Meeting {2018-0029}

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2018-0029

MSS | ASA Annual Meetings

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2012-0005
Dates: Other: 2007-2011

MSS | ASA journals September 2015

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2015-0106

MSS | ASA, June 2015

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2015-0064

MSS | ASA newsletters with new donated material {2016-0088}

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2016-0088

MSS | ASA Papers

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2011-0127

MSS | ASA Perspectives {2017-0064}

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2017-0064

MSS | ASA Perspectives {2019-0028}

 Unprocessed Material — envelope: 1
Identifier: 2019-0028
Dates: 2019

MSS | ASA Perspectives, Sept 2017 {2017-0119}

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2017-0119

MSS | Newsletter

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2010-1205
Dates: Other: 2010

MSS | Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2011-0089
Dates: Other: 2011 March


 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2012-0113
Dates: Other: 2012 June

SER | ASA journal

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2013-0101

SER | ASA Journals

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2011-0184
Dates: Other: 2011 September

SER | ASA Newsletter

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2012-0173
Dates: Other: 2012 September - 2012 December

SER | ASA Newsletter

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2011-0005
Dates: Other: 2011 January-2011 Febraury

SER | ASA Newsletter

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2011-0179
Dates: Other: 2011 July-2011 August

SER | ASA Newsletter

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2011-0183
Dates: Other: 2011 July-2011 August

SER | Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2013-0033
Dates: Other: 2013 March

SER | Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2011-0147
Dates: Other: 2011 June

SER | Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2012-0068
Dates: Other: March 2012

Additional filters:

Unprocessed Material 32
Collection 4
Church and social problems. 2
Correspondence 2
Creation. 2
Creationism. 2
Evangelicalism -- United States. 2
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Evangelicalism. 2
Photographs 2
Religion and science. 2
Administrative Records. 1
African Americans -- Social conditions. 1
African Americans. 1
Aging. 1
American Scientific Affiliation -- Archives. 1
American Scientific Affiliation -- History. 1
American Scientific Affiliation -- Periodicals. 1
Annual Reports 1
Authors and readers -- United States. 1
Berlin (Germany) 1
Bible and evolution. 1
Bible and science. 1
Biographies. 1
Campus life (Periodical) 1
Catholic Church -- Evangelicalism. 1
Catholic Church. 1
Children. 1
Children. -- Korea 1
Children. -- Korea -- Religious life. 1
Christian biography -- United States. 1
Christian biography. 1
Christian education -- Korea. 1
Christian education -- Philosophy. 1
Christian education. 1
Christian life. 1
Christianity and culture -- Korea. 1
Christianity and culture. 1
Christianity and politics -- History -- 20th century. 1
Church and state -- Korea. 1
Church and state -- United States. 1
Church and state. 1
Church work with older people. 1
College students -- Korea 1
College students -- Korea -- Religious life. 1
College students. 1
Conversion. 1
Corporation Records 1
Corporations, Religious -- Taxation. 1
Creation -- Biblical teaching. 1
Creationism -- History. 1
Creationism -- Study and teaching 1
Creationism -- Study and teaching -- Korea. 1
Creationism -- Study and teaching -- United States. 1
Education, Higher 1
Education, Higher -- Korea. 1
Evangelicalism -- Catholic Church. 1
Evangelicalism -- Korea. 1
Evangelistic work -- Congresses 1
Evangelistic work -- India. 1
Evangelistic work -- United States. 1
Evangelistic work -- Vietnam. 1
Evangelistic work. 1
Evolution (Biology) 1
Faith. 1
Financial Records 1
Human beings 1
Intercultural communication -- Korea. 1
Intercultural communication. 1
Israel. 1
Journalism, Religious -- United States. 1
Korea 1
Korea -- History 1
Korea -- History -- 20th century. 1
Korea -- Religion. 1
Leadership (Periodical) 1
Leadership 100 (Periodical) 1
Liberalism (Religion) 1
Marriage -- Religious aspects -- Christianity. 1
Mass media in religion -- United States. 1
Minutes 1
Missions -- Congresses. 1
Missions -- Interdenominational cooperation. 1
Missions -- Korea. 1
Missions -- Middle East. 1
Moberg, David O. -- Correpondence. 1
Music -- Christianity. 1
Older people 1
Older people -- Religious life. 1
Partnership (Periodical) 1
Pentecostalism -- United States. 1
Physics. 1
Prayer -- United States. 1
Prayer. 1
Presbyterians -- Korea. 1
Presbyterians. 1
Proceedings 1
Professional Associations. 1
Publications 1
Religion and science -- Periodicals. 1
Religion and sociology 1
Rural churches -- Korea. 1
Rural churches. 1
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