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American Scientific Affiliation

American Scientific Affiliation
Abbreviation ASA
Formation 1941
Type NGO
Purpose Christian fellowship among scientists
Membership 1,500[1]
President Jennifer Wiseman

The American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) is a Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith which covers topics related to Christian faith and science from a Christian viewpoint.

Members of the American Scientific Affiliation are from various movements, such as evangelicalism, and represent several Christian denominations including the Lutherans, Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, and the Orthodox.

The organization frequently runs seminars at many universities in the world, such as Baylor University, the University of Cambridge, and The Catholic University of America.


Scientist-Christians who had concerns about the quality of Christian evangelism on the subject of religion and science formed the ASA in 1941. Irwin A. Moon originated the idea of a group; he talked Moody Bible Institute president William H. Houghton into inviting a number of scientists of known orthodox Christian views to Chicago to discuss its formation. F. Alton Everest, Peter W. Stoner, Russell D. Sturgis, John P. VanHaitsma, and Irving A. Cowperthwaite attended, and the ASA formed from this meeting.

Everest, a conservative Baptist electrical engineer at Oregon State College in Corvallis, served as president of the Affiliation for its first decade. Under his leadership the ASA grew from 5 to 220 members. By 1961 its membership had grown to 860.[2]

During the 1940s and 1950s the group provided the main evangelical forum for discussing the alleged merits and drawbacks of Harry Rimmer (1890–1952). The influence of an inner circle affiliated with Wheaton College led it to reject "strict" creationism in favor first of progressive creationism and then of theistic evolution, encouraging acceptance of evolution among evangelicals.[3] This group was led by Russell L. Mixter (later editor of the Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation from 1965 to 1968) and J. Frank Cassel. In the words of Ronald L. Numbers, the sub-group "did for biology what Kulp was doing for Geology".[4] (Also see the section on coverage of evolution in the ASA's journal, below.)

Executive directors


  • Ruth D. Miller[7]
  • Walter L. Bradley (2008)[7]
  • Edward B. Davis (2009)[8]
  • Jennifer Wiseman (2010)

Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

The journal of the ASA is called Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, subtitled Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation.

Related organizations

The following organizations are related to the ASA:[9]

Sister organizations
  • Affiliation of Christian Geologists
  • Affiliation of Christian Biologists
  • Christian Engineers and Scientists in Technology


  1. ^ US Postal Service Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation, American Scientific Affiliation, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith,57:4, December 2005. p. 300.
  2. ^  
  3. ^ Numbers(2006) pp180-181
  4. ^ Numbers(2006) p195
  5. ^ BAAS, 1994, 26, 1604
  6. ^ a b American Scientific Affiliation appointed Randall D. Isaac, Christianity Today, August 01, 2005
  7. ^ a b PCSF, 2008
  8. ^ PCSF. Volume 61, Num. 3. Sept. 2009. pp.137-138.
  9. ^ ASA Related Groups


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