Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation

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Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation
AbbreviationCSCA
Formation1973
PurposeChristian fellowship among scientists and those interested in science
President
E. Janet Warren
Websitewww.csca.ca

The Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation (CSCA) is a fellowship of scientists and those interested in science, who want to understand how science can best interact with the Christian tradition. The CSCA is a sister organization to the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) which publishes a journal, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, covering topics related to faith and science from a Christian viewpoint.

While the majority of CSCA members are scientists or students in science, the group also attracts theologians, science educators, and those interested in the history and philosophy of science. The CSCA encourages dialogue and broadens understanding of science/faith issues beyond the traditional discussion of origins.[1]

History[edit]

The American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) began in 1941,[2] and from the early days of the organization, Canadians were members. While the idea of a Canadian organization arose in 1971, it gained momentum in 1972 when York University in Toronto, Ontario, hosted the 27th annual ASA meeting, the first such meeting to be held in Canada. Members who proposed the idea for the Canadian Scientific Affiliation, eventually named the Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation, did not want to separate from the ASA, but were convinced that having their own Canadian organization would increase Canadian membership.[3] The ASA Executive Council agreed, and the CSCA was officially formed in 1973. All CSCA members are also ASA members.

In 2016, the group received a grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc. to increase the number of local CSCA chapters. [4] In that year, the CSCA had three chapters, but has now grown to eleven across Canada. [5]

Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith[edit]

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

Related organizations[edit]

The following organizations are related to the CSCA:

Sister organizations

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Stiller, Karen (March 26, 2018). "Science and Faith in Canada: Interview with Janet Warren". www.faithtoday.ca/Audio-Video/Podcasts/Science-and-Faith-in-Canada (Podcast). The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Podcast. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  2. ^ Gray, Terry and Emily Ruppel. "Finding Harmony in Controversy: The Early Years of the ASA". network.asa3.org/page/ASA_History. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  3. ^ Everest, F. Alton (2010). The American Scientific Affiliation: Its Growth and Early Development. Ipswich, MA: ASA Press. p. 88-89.
  4. ^ Fitz-Gerald, Julie (September–October 2016). "Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation grows with renewed speed". Faith Today. Richmond Hill, ON: The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. Retrieved March 22, 2019.CS1 maint: Date format (link)
  5. ^ "The Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation: Project Wrap-Up Newsletter". www.csca.ca/2018/12/24/project-wrap-up-newsletter/. Retrieved March 22, 2019.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

CSCA Official website