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.
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.
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.
Opposition to creationism
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.
- Charles LaRue (May 24, 2006). "From Calvinism to Freethought: The Road Less Traveled". Presentation by Howard Van Till. Michigan: Center for Inquiry. http://www.cfimichigan.org/pastevents/event/from-calvinism-to-freethought-the-road-less-traveled/. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
- Honey, Charley (2 February 2008). "Scientist still explores 'mystery' of God". Grand Rapids Press. http://blog.mlive.com/grpress/2008/02/scientist_still_explores_myste.html. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
- From Calvinism to Freethought
- Ronald L. Numbers. Darwinism comes to America. Harvard University Press, 1998. ISBN 0-674-19312-1 pp.12,57,163,
- Ronald D. Moore (July 26, 2006). "A Theistic Evolutionist Turns Off the Light". http://www.russellmoore.com/2006/07/26/a-theistic-evolutionist-turns-off-the-light/. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
- Van Till listing on WorldCat
- List of Van Till's articles in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
- Basil, Augustine, and the Doctrine of Creation’s Functional Integrity
- The Legend of the Shrinking Sun
- Christianity and Darwinism: Letters about Van Till debate with Phillip E. Johnson in 1993 June/July First Things