Teaching

Courses:

Independent Studies

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

Memberships

European Society for the Study of Science and Theology

Awards

2004:
Calvin College Seminars in Christian Scholarship: “Nature in Belief.”

1999-01:
Templeton-Oxford Seminar on Science & Christianity.

1996:
Templeton Prize for Courses in Science and Religion.  Awarded for a course in the Philosophy of Science 342.

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. “Georges Cuvier and the Use of Scripture in Geology,” in: Van der Meer, J.M., Mandelbrote, S. (Eds.) Nature and Scripture in the Abrahamic Religions: 1700-Present. Leiden / Boston: Brill Academic Publishers. 2008, vol. 2, pp. 115-144.

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 in the Abrahamic Religions: 1700-Present.Leiden / Boston: Brill Academic Publishers. 2008. vol. 1, pp. 363-396.

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.]

2001:
Van der Meer, J. M. “Interpreting Nature and Scripture: A New Proposal for their Interaction.” In: Christianity and the Human Body: A Theology of the Human Body. eds. Robert Brungs, SJ and Marianne Postiglione, RSM, The ITEST Faith/Science Press: St. Louis, Missouri. Pages 38-72.

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.

1999:
Van der Meer, J.M. (1999) “Michael Heller, The New Physics and a New Theology, Tr. G.V. Coyne, S.J., S. Giovanninni, T.M. Sierotowicz. Vatican Observatory Publications, 1996, 103 pp. Book review in Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza. 14 (1) 362-365.

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).

1983:
Van der Meer, J.M.: Book Review:  What is Creation Science? by Henry M. Morris and Gary E. Parker.  Christian Renewal 1(18), 11 (1983).

1983:
Van der Meer, J.M.  The Experiment of Life. Science and Religion. ed. F. K.Hare. Calvinist Contact, 24 (1983).

1982:
Van der Meer, J.M. The Experiment of Life. Science and Religion. ed. F. K. Hare.  Calvinist Contact 39 (1982).

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.

2001:
Van der Meer, J.M. (2001) “Divine Action and The Varieties of Downward Causation: an Ambiguous  Concept in Theology and Science.” In: Studies in Science and Theology 8: 000-000 (2001).  (Eds. N.H. Gregersen, M.W. Parsons). 

2000:
Van der Meer, J.M. (2000) "The Actor in the Interaction of Science and Religion. An Application of Dooyeweerd's Anthropology to the Study of Religion and Science Relations." In: D.F.M. Strauss (editor). The Collected Works of Herman Dooyeweerd Series C-Dooyeweerds Living Legacy, Volume 1: Contemporary Reflections on the Philosophy of Herman Dooyeweerd. Pp. 183-194. The Edwin Mellin Press. Lewiston.

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.

1999:
Van der Meer, J.M. (1999) "The Role of Metaphysical & Religious Beliefs in Science."  In: Studies in Science and Theology 5: 247-256 (1997).  (Eds. N.H. Gregersen, M.W. Parsons). Labor et Fides. Geneva.

1997: Van der Meer, J. M. (1997) "The Concept of Human Nature in Science and Theology".  In: Studies in Science and Theology Vol.3: 187-192. (Eds. N.H. Gregersen, M.W. Parsons). Labor et Fides. Geneva.

1996:
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.

1979:
Van der Meer, J.M.: Enkele Achtergronden van het    Fundamentalistisch Creationisme. Beweging 43(4), 65-71 (1979).

Non-Refereed Articles:

2001:
Van der Meer, J.M. (2001) “A working model for the engagement of religion & science: some theses.” Quaerens: Newsletter of the John Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity, 5: iv-v. 

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 >

1993:
Van der Meer, J.M.: "Beliefs in Science: Taking the Measure of Methodological Materialism".  Proceedings of the Wheaton Theology Conference, Volume 2 on "The Relationship of Theology and Science", 1993.  Bergler, Thomas E., Clark, David K. Melvin David L., Okholm, Dennis L., Phillips, Timothy R., Editors. Wheaton College.  Wheaton. IL. Pp. 94-116. Revised version published as Occasional Paper of the Pascal Centre, Ancaster 1993.

1989:
Van der Meer, J.M.: Hierarchy.  Towards a Framework for the Coherence of Faith and Science.  Pro Rege 17 (3/4) 19-33 (1989).

1986:
Van der Meer, J.M.: Van Materie tot Mens: Creationisme en Evolutionisme in de Biologie en de Theologie.  Radix 12 (4) 188-214 (1986).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.”

2004:
“Evolutionary Accounts of Religion.” Calvin College Seminars in Christian Scholarship: “Nature in Belief.” July, 2004.

History of Science and Religion.” Faculty development seminar, Charleston Southern University. Charleston. April 28, 2004.

“Science and the Scriptures.” Faculty development seminar, Charleston Southern University. Charleston. April 28, 2004.

“Some Issues in Faith and Science.” Faculty development seminar, Charleston Southern University. Charleston. April 29,2004.

2003:
“Being a Faithful Scholar: Tension and Discernment.” Faculty development seminar. Redeemer University College. August 8, 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.

“A Theology of Evolution: Religious Interpretations of Nature in the Biology of Theodosius Dobzhansky.” Inaugural lecture for the North Central Program for Science and Theology invited by the Minnesota Consortium of Theological Schools. St.Paul / Minneapolis. Feb. 20.

2002:
“Religious Interpretations of Nature in the Population Biology of Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900-1975).” Invited paper at an international conference on: Science and Religion: The Religious Beliefs and Practices of Scientists, 20th Century. Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte. Georg-August Universität Göttingen,GE. May 27-29.

“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.

2001:
“Religious Interpretation of nature in the Sociobiology of E. O. Wilson.” Invited public lecture at the University of Illinois in Urbana / Champaign. Sponsored by the Henry Newman Institute for Catholic Thought, the Christian reformed Student Foundation and Hessel Park CRC. Feb. 21, 2001.

2001:“Crucible of Creativity: Knowing God and Nature in a Postmodern World.” Invited public lecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign. Sponsored by the Henry Newman Institute for Catholic Thought. Feb. 19, 2001.

“Crucible of Creativity: Knowing God and Nature in a Postmodern World.” Faculty colloquium, Redeemer University College. Ancaster. On. March 14, 2001.

“Crucible of Creativity: Knowing God and Nature in a Postmodern World.” Invited plenary lecture, student conference on religion and science, Goshen College. Goshen, In. USA. March 24, 2001.

“Crucible of Creativity: Knowing God and Nature in a Postmodern World.” Department of Philosophy, McMaster University. Hamilton. Oct. 26, 2001.

2000:
“The Body in the Bible: Some questions in biblical hermeneutics raised by the natural sciences.” Invited paper for a workshop on A Theology of the Human Body organized by the Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology, St. Louis. MI. Oct. 20-22, 2000.

“Crucible of Creativity: Knowing God and Nature in a Postmodern World.” Invited public lecture for the Faith and Science: Millennium Series 2000. Saint Paul University, Ottawa. October 26, 2000.

“Reading The Two Books Interactively: Some questions in biblical hermeneutics raised by the natural sciences.” Invited paper for the Third Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar:  After Pentecost: philosophy and theology of language and biblical interpretation.  Organized by the British and Foreign Bible Society, August 17-19, 2000. Redeemer University College. Ancaster, On. Canada.

“Scaffolding Science the Religious Way.” Plenary address for a conference entitled A ‘Storied Past’: Science and Religion in Historical Perspective. Concord College and the University of Winnipeg. April 28-29.

“The Varieties of Downward Causation: A Concept in Theology and Science.” Workshop paper for the Eighth European Conference  on Science and Theology on Design and Disorder: Perspectives from Science and Theology. Lyon, France. April 14-19.

“A Working Model for the Engagement of Religion and Science: Some Theses.” Plenary address for an international meeting on Science & Religion: a ‘Start-up’ of the Human Spirit. Université Interdisciplinaire de Paris & UNESCO. Paris, France. April 12-13.

1999:
“Religious Interpretations of Nature: A Survey.” Conference on Christian Scholarship in the Light of Scripture: Hermeneutical Issues. Redeemer College. July 7-10.

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.

DNA: Gateway between Metaphysics and Science.” Seventh European Conference on Science and Theology, Durham, UK. March 31-April 5, 1998.  Workshop chair.

1996:
"The Concept of Human Nature in Science and Theology." Annual Meeting of the American scientific Affiliation (ASA) and the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation (CSCA). Toronto. July 26-29, 1996:

1996 Templeton Workshop on the Teaching of Science and Religion Courses.  Victoria University, Toronto, Ca.  July 5-10, 1996.  Two presentations: one poster on Philosophy of Science 342 and an oral presentation on the Pascal Centre.

"The Role of Metaphysical & Religious Beliefs in Science."  Sixth European Conference on Science and Theology, Krakow.  Poland, March 26-30, 1996.

“The Actor in the Interaction of Science and Religion.”  Presented at the International Conference of the Dooyeweerd Centre, Ancaster, June 3-6, 1996.

1995:
"The Actor in the Interaction of Science and Religion.”  Presented at the Canadian Reformed Student Fellowship, January 27, 1995 in Burlington. 

1994:
“The Actor in the Interaction of Science and Religion.”  Presented at: Fifth International Symposium of the Association for Calvinist Philosophy, August 22-26, 1994.  NL.

“The Actor in the Interaction of Science and Religion.”  Presented at: The annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Christian Academics on the theme "Encounters Between Christian Faith and Science", University of Toronto, October 29, 1994.

"The Concept of Human Nature in Science and Theology".  Fifth European Conference on Science and Religion, March 23-27, 1994.  Germany. 

1993:
"Beliefs in Science: Taking the Measure of Methodological Materialism".  Second Annual Wheaton Theology Conference on "The Relationship Between Theology and Science".  Wheaton College, Feb. 25-26, 1993. 

1992:
"Belief in Sociobiology".  Science and Belief.  The First International Pascal Centre Conference, August 11-15, 1992.

"Religion and Science: A Clarification of the Terms of the Relation".  Science and Belief.  The First International Pascal Centre Conference, August 11-15, 1992.

Religion and Science: Do Level Structures Provide a Structure for Their Interaction?".  Science and Belief.  The First International Pascal Centre Conference, August 11-15, 1992.

"Functional Integrity" 25th Anniversary Conference of the ICS "An Ethos of Compassion and the Integrity of Creation"; workshop chair: "Creation Order, Evolution, and Modern Science".  ICS, Toronto June 3-6, 1992.

1990:
"Background Beliefs in Sociobiology".  Combined Faculty Colloquium and Pascal Centre Seminar, 1990.

1988:
Hierarchy:  A Framework for the Coherence of Faith and Science. Invited presentation for the Fall Lecture Series 1988 at Dordt College entitled:  A Christian Worldview and a View of Science: The Evolution Debate.  Sept. 27, 28, 1988.

1985:
The Creation as Cosmos. Conference organized by the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship and the Institute for Christian Studies. June 7-8, 1985 (response to "Genesis in the Hands of the Geologists" by D. Young with Dr. D. McNally).