Teaching

Past Courses:

One Semester Courses

His 341:  History of Science every other year since 2003

Phil 342: Philosophy of Science every other year since 1987.

Independent Studies

Phi. 486: S. Baarda.  "On Knowledge"  1993.

Rel. 486: R. Oosterhoff. “Luther, Calvin, and the Rise of Modern Science: Testing the Harrison Hypothesis.” 2005.

His. 341: N. Ellens; History of Science course by letter of permission from McMaster University. ‘06.

Memberships

International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology

International Society for Hermeneutics and Science

History of Science Society

Awards

1996:
Howard Vollum Writing Award for 1996 of the Institute for Christian Leadership.  Awarded for "The Struggle Between Christian Theism, Metaphysical Naturalism and Relativism: How to Proceed in Science?"  Faculty Dialogue 26, 1996.

Scholarly Publications

Books Authored or Edited:

2008:
Van der Meer, J. M., Mandelbrote, S. (Eds.) Nature and Scripture in the Abrahamic Religions: To 1700. Leiden/Boston: Brill Academic Publishers. 2008. 2 vols.

Van der Meer, J. M., Mandelbrote, S. (Eds.) Nature and Scripture in the Abrahamic Religions: 1700-Present. Leiden/Boston: Brill Academic Publishers. 2008.  2 vols.

2001:
Brooke, J.H., Osler, M.J. Van der Meer, J.M. (Eds.) Science in Theistic Contexts: Cognitive Dimensions. Osiris 16. University of Chicago Press. Chicago. 2001.

1996:
Van der Meer, J.M. Editor (1996)  Facets of Faith and Science.  Volume 1: Historiography and Modes of Interaction.  The Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies in Faith and Science / University Press of America.  Lanham. 1996.

Van der Meer, J.M. Editor (1996)  Facets of Faith and Science.  Volume 2: The Role of Beliefs in Mathematics and the Natural Sciences: An Augustinian Perspective.  The Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies in Faith and Science / University Press of America.  Lanham.  1996.

Van der Meer, J.M. Editor (1996)  Facets of Faith and Science.  Volume 3: The Role of Beliefs in the Natural Sciences.  The Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies in Faith and Science / University Press of America.  Lanham. 1996.

Van der Meer, J.M. Editor (1996)  Facets of Faith and Science.  Volume 4: Interpreting God's Action in the World.  The Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies in Faith and Science / University Press of America.  Lanham. 1996.

Chapters:

2008:
Van der Meer, J. M., Oosterhoff, R. “God, Scripture, and the Rise of Modern Science (1200-1700): Notes in the Margin of Harrison’s Hypothesis,” in: Van der Meer, J.M., Mandelbrote, S. (Eds.) Nature and Scripture: History of a Dialogue. Vol. 1. Leiden / Boston: Brill Academic Publishers. 2008, pp. 363-396.

Van der Meer, J. M. “Georges Cuvier and the Use of Scripture in Geology,” in: Van der Meer, J.M., Mandelbrote, S. (Eds.) Nature and Scripture: History of a Dialogue. Vol. 2. Leiden / Boston: Brill Academic Publishers. 2008, pp.115-144.

2007:
Van der Meer, J. M. “Theodosius Dobzhansky: Nothing in Evolution Makes Sense Except in the Light of Religion.” In: Nicolaas Rupke (ed.), Eminent Lives in Twentieth-Century Science and Religion. Franfurt.Berlin.Brussels. New York.Oxford.Vienna: Peter Lang, 2007, pp. 79-101.

2006:
Van der Meer, J. M. (2006) “Reading Nature in the Light of Scripture: the Case of Georges Cuvier (1769-1832)” In: The Book of Nature in Modern Times. pp. 183-195 (Eds. K. van Berkel, A. Vanderjagt). Peeters. Leuven, Belgium.

2005:
Van der Meer, J. M. “De Biologie van Moreel Gedrag: Een Keuze Uit Feiten en Ficties,” In: (C. Dekker, R. W. J. Meester & R. van Woudenberg, eds.)  Schitterend Ongeluk of Sporen van Ontwerp: Over Toeval en Doelgerichtheid in de Evolutie. Ten Have. Baarn, pp. 235-254.  [“The Biological basis of Morality. A Selection of Facts and Fictions.” In: Splendid Accident or Traces of Design: On Randomness and Purposefulness in Evolution.]

Encyclopedia Entries:

2005:
Van der Meer, J. M. “Darwin.” In: Christelijke Encyclopedie. G. Harinck, W. Berkelaar, A. de Vos, L. Winkeler, eds. Kok. Kampen. 2005. Volume 1, pp. 404.

Van der Meer, J. M. “Darwinisme.” In: Christelijke Encyclopedie. G. Harinck, W. Berkelaar, A. de Vos, L. Winkeler, eds. Kok. Kampen. 2005. Volume 1, pp. 404-406.

Van der Meer, J. M. “Evolutieleer.” In: Christelijke Encyclopedie. G. Harinck, W. Berkelaar, A. de Vos, L. Winkeler, eds. Kok. Kampen. 2005. Volume 1, pp. 541-543.

Van der Meer, J. M. “Evolutietheorie.” In: Christelijke Encyclopedie. G. Harinck, W. Berkelaar, A. de Vos, L. Winkeler, eds. Kok. Kampen. 2005. Volume 1, pp. 543-546.

Van der Meer, J. M. “Jan Lever.” In: Christelijke Encyclopedie. G. Harinck, W. Berkelaar, A. de Vos, L. Winkeler, eds. Kok. Kampen. 2005. Volume 2, pp. 1103-1104.

2003:
Van der Meer, J.M. “Order.” In: Encyclopedia of Science and Religion. Ed. J. Wentzel Vrede van Huyssteen. MacMillan. New York. Pp. 633-634.

Van der Meer, J.M. “Metaphysics.” In: Encyclopedia of Science and Religion. Ed. J. Wentzel Vrede van Huyssteen. MacMillan. New York. Pp. 561-563.

Book Reviews:

2008:
Van der Meer, J.M. “Science's Blind Spot: The Unseen Religion of Scientific Naturalism” by Cornelius G. Hunter. Grand Rapids, MI. Brazos Press. 2007.  Book review in: Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 60 (2): 135-6.

2000:
Van der Meer, J.M. “Progress in Nature and Culture: How Biology Can Have the Best of Both Worlds.” Invited essay-review of Monad to Man by M. Ruse.  Biology and Philosophy 15: 759-772.

1999:
Van der Meer, J.M. “Monad to Man: The Concept of Progress in Evolutionary Biology.” by M. Ruse. J. Interdisciplinary Studies 11: 203-204 (1999).

1989:
Van der Meer, J.M.: Metaphorical Process: The Creation of Scientific and Religious Understanding, by M. Gerhart and A. Russell. Texas Christian U. P. Fort Worth 1984. In: J. Psychol. and Christianity 8 (2) 81-82 (1989).

1981:
Van der Meer, J.M.: Drie Studies over 'buitenwetenschappelijke' Invloeden in de Geschiedenis van Biologische en Astronomische Ideeen.  In: Radix 7 (2), 80-100 (1981).

1975:
Van der Meer, J.M.: Inleiding tot de Wijsbegeerte van de Biologie, by Dr. W.J. van der Steen. In: Radix 1 (2), 97-101 (1975).

Refereed Articles:

2009:
Van der Meer, J.M. and Oosterhoff, Richard J. “The Bible, Protestantism and the Rise of Natural Science: a Response to Harrison’s Thesis” Science and Christian Belief 20-2 (2009) 133-153.  

2000:
Van der Meer, J.M. (2000) “The Engagement of Religion and Biology: A Case Study in the Mediating Role of Metaphor in the Sociobiology of Lumsden and Wilson.” Biology and Philosophy 15: 759-772.

1996:
Van der Meer, J. M. (1996)  "The Multi-Modal Hierarchy: Distinguishing Parts, Wholes, and Levels of Organization."  In: Hall, M.L.H. (editor)  Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences.  Pages 507-518.  Louisville, KY.

Van der Meer, J.M. (1996) "Religious Belief in Sociobiology: How a Physical Analogy Introduces Materialism in Human Sociobiology".  In: Facets of Faith and Science.  Volume 2: 271-286 (ed. J.M. van der Meer). The Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies in Faith and Science / University Press of America.  Lanham.

Non-Refereed Articles:

1996:
Van der Meer, J.M. (1996) "The Struggle Between Christian Theism, Metaphysical Naturalism and Relativism: How to Proceed in Science?"  < http://www.redeemer.on.ca/academicprograms/faculty/Jitse M. van der Meer/unpublished manuscripts >

1981:
Van der Meer, J.M.: Drie Studies over 'buitenwetenschappelijke' Invloeden in de Geschiedenis van Biologische en Astronomische Ideeen.  Radix 7(2), 80-100 (1981).

Papers Presented:

2008:
Van der Meer, J. M., Oosterhoff, R. (2008) “Interpreting Nature & Scripture: The Shift from Reader to Author and the Transformation of the Literal Meaning  (1100-1700).” Presented at The Sixth Three Societies Conference: Connecting Disciplines. University of Oxford, UK, 4-6 July 2008.

2006:
Van der Meer, J. M. (2006) “Georges Cuvier and the Use of Scripture in Geology.” Presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, Vancouver, November 2-5.

2005:
Van der Meer, J. M. (2005) “Georges Cuvier and the Use of Scripture in Geology.” Presented at the Third International Pascal Centre Conference, RUC, July 18-23, 2005 entitled: “Interpreting Nature and Scripture: History of a Dialogue.”

2003:
“Religious Interpretations of Nature in the Population Genetics of Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900-1975).” Presented at the Conference of the International Society for Hermeneutics and Science. Tihany, Hungary. June 7-11.

2002:
“Reading Nature in Light of Scripture: The Case of Georges Cuvier (1769-1832).” Presented at an international conference: The Book of Nature: Continuity and Change in European and American Attitudes towards the Natural World.  State University of Groningen, NL. May 22-25.

1998:
Opening Address. Second International Pascal Centre Conference: Science in Theistic Contexts.  July 21-25, 1998. Redeemer College. Ancaster. On. Canada. Conference Chair and Organizer.

1996:
"The Multi-Modal Hierarchy. Distinguishing Parts, Wholes and Levels of Organization." Annual Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences.  Louisville, KY. USA.  July 14-19, 1996.

"Encapsis".  A discussion paper for the International Conference of the Dooyeweerd Centre, Ancaster, June 3-6, 1996.

1995:
"Beliefs in Science: The Illusion of Detached Materialism"; invited paper for the Philosophy of Biology Seminar, University of Guelph, October 6, 1995.

1989:
"Hierarchy Theory". Natural Sciences Colloquium, Redeemer College, 1989.

1988/87
The Merits of Hierarchical Thinking for Biological Theorizing.  Presented for the 1987/88 faculty discussion series organized by the CSCA at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo.