Howard J. Van Till

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Howard J. Van Till is an emeritus professor of physics at Calvin College, where he taught for 31 years. His research included solid state physics and millimeter-wave astronomy. He is also noted as a writer on science and Christianity.[1]

Early life

Van Till was born in 1938 and grew up on a farm. When he was a child, he took a bottle of turkey medication from his parents' farm, mixed it with some mineral powers, and shook it; which resulted in the bottle exploding and causing him to lose a considerable amount of blood from his jugular vein.[2]

Religious views

Van Till was brought up as a Calvinist, and known for such beliefs for much of his life. He has been active in writing and speaking on the interaction of science and Christian belief, for example as a member of the editorial boards of Science and Christian Belief and Theology and Science, and working with the Templeton Foundation.[1]

In 2006 he gave a presentation to the Freethought Association of West Michigan in which he recounted that he had less certainty than before on some religious questions.[1][3]

Opposition to creationism

In 1988 Van Till co-wrote Science Held Hostage: What's wrong with creation science and evolution with Davis A. Young and Clarence Menninga.[4]

According to Ronald L. Numbers he is a devout Christian who sees little or no evidence of God in nature and whose view is a good example of "theistic evolution". Also according to Numbers, Van Till prefers "creationomic perspective" over "theistic evolution".

Russell D. Moore described Van Till in 2006 as "the most lauded and prolific defender of theistic evolution among American evangelicals", partly for his "monumental" 1986 work The Fourth Day which sought to reconcile Christianity with Darwinist science.[5]


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