American Scientific Affiliation

American Scientific Affiliation

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American Scientific Affiliation

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The American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) is a Christian religious organization of scientists and people in science-related disciplines. The stated purpose is "to investigate any area relating Christian faith and science." The organization publishes a journal, Perspectives of 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.


The ASA was formed in 1941 by Christian scientists, who were concerned about the quality of Christian evangelism on the subject of religion and science. It was the idea of Irwin A. Moon, who 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. Those who attended were F. Alton Everest, Peter W. Stoner, Russell D. Sturgis, John P. VanHaitsma, and Irving A. Cowperthwaite, and the ASA was formed from this meeting.

Everest, a conservative Baptist electrical engineer at Oregon State College in Corvallis was its president for its first decade. Under his leadership the...
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