Dr. John Byl took an interest in the work of Reformation Christian Ministries many years ago through introductions made from within the Canadian Reformed Churches of which he is a member. His interest peaked when we began the Reformation International College (RIC) and he has assisted us from its beginning with advice and counsel regarding subjects related to his sphere of knowledge.
He has been an elder in the Canadian Reformed Church. He is presently a retired professor from Trinity Western University, Langley, BC, where he began in 1978, took over as chair of the department of Mathematical Sciences in 1980 and received his full professorship in 1985. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of British Columbia in 1969 and his Ph.D. in Astronomy from the same in 1973. He also serves on RIC Educational and Doctoral committees.
He previously worked as a visiting professor at Dordt College, Iowa, in the Physics Department during 1977-79. He previously worked as a post doctoral fellow from 1973-75 and as lecturer from 1975-77 at the University of British Columbia, Department of Geophysics & Astronomy in Vancouver, B.C. Canada.
In 1999, he was awarded the Templeton Award for Science/Religion Course for his course Math 480: Foundations in the Mathematical Sciences: Theological and Philosophical Issues.
Dr. Byl's research interests are in Astronomy (celestial mechanics, cosmology), physics (special relativity), computing (cellular automata), mathematics (infinite tasks), interaction between science and religion. In recent years the focus of my research has shifted to philosophical and theological issues related to the foundations of mathematics, physics and cosmology.
He was born in The Hague, Netherlands, in 1949 and is now a Canadian citizen, is married and has six children. . Married. Six children.
Selected Publications by Dr. John Byl
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Review: Theology and
Modern Physics by Peter E. Hodgson
Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies Vol.XIX (No.1/2): 193-195. 2007.
"Matter, Mathematics, and God", Theology and Science 5:73-86. 2007.
"Can Science Dispense with Religion?" Can Science Dispense with Religion? M. Golshani (ed.), Tehran, Iran:
Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies: 69-77. 2004
The Divine Challenge: On Matter, Mind, Math and Meaning, The Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh, 317pp. 2004.
"Indeterminism, divine action and human freedom", Science & Christian Belief Vol.15 (No.2): 101-116. 2003.
"Deriving Special Relativity Theory from Electromagnetic Clocks", Galilean Electrodynamics Vol.14 (No.4): 89-92
"Origins and worldview tinkering", Reformed Perspective Vol.22 , No. 5 (March 2003): 9-12.
"Mathematical Models & Reality"
Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences Conference Proceedings (2003): 33-48.
"Naturalism, Theism and Objective Knowledge", Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies XIV (2002): 69-90.
"On Life in the Universe", Professorenforum-Journal Vol.2 (No.1) Jan. 2001.
God and Cosmos: A Christian View of Time, Space and the Universe.2001.
The Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh, 243 pp. 2001
"The Bible and Big-Bang Cosmology" The Banner of Truth 448 (Jan. 2001):17-18.
"On Numbers in Numbers", Science & Christian Belief Vol.13, No.1: 59-67.
"Testing the Framework Hypothesis", Christian Renewal 19 (No.15):14-15.
"On Time in Genesis", Reformed Polemics Vol.8, No.3 (Nov.30, 2001): 12-13.
"On Michael Ruse and Reductionary Illusions"
Research News & Opportunities in Science and Theology Vol.2 No.1, 26.
"Theism & Mathematical Realism"
Assoc. of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences Conference Proceedings (2001): 33-48.
"On Resolving the Littlewood-Ross Paradox," Missouri Journal of Mathematical Sciences 12 (No.1, 2000): 42-47.
"A Simple Proof of the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra" International Journal of Mathematics Education in Science and Technology 30(1999):602.
"Special Relativity Via Electromagnetic Clocks," Galilean Electrodynamics 10 (No.6): 107-110.
Review: "Mere Creation: Science, Faith and Intelligent Design" edited by William A. Dembski.
Calvin Theological Journal 34 (No.2): 465-467.
"On The Capacity of Solomon's Molten Sea"
Vetus Testamentum 48(1998): 309-314.
"Preliminary Considerations: On Scientific and Theological Method" Premise Vol.V, No.3:1-11
"On the Natural Selection of Universes," Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society 37:369-371 (1996) .
"The Role of Beliefs in Modern Cosmology", Facets of Faith and Science. Vol.3: The Role of Beliefs in the Natural Sciences, ed. by J. van der Meer. Lanham: Univ.Press of America, 1996: 47-62.
"On Craig's Defence of the Kalam Cosmological Argument",Facets of Faith and Science. Volume 4: Interpreting God's Action in the World, ed. J.M. van der Meer. Lanham: University Press of America, 1996: 75-90.
"On Pascal's Wager and Infinite Utilities", Faith and Philosophy 11(no.3): 467-473 (1994)
"General Revelation and Evangelicalism." Mid-America Journal of Theology 5(No.1):1-13 (1990).
"Galactic Removal Rates for Long-Period Comets" The Astronomical Journal 99(No.5):1632-1635 (1990).
"On Cellular Automata and the Origin of Life", Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 41:26-29 (1989).
"Scripture and Geologists." Westminster Theological Journal 50:143-152 (1989).
Recent Talks & Seminars "Mathematics and Truth", May 12, Tavrida National University, Simferopol, Ukraine (powerpoint).
"Relating Matter, Mind
and Mathematics", May 12, Crimean University, Simferopol, Ukraine (powerpoint)
"Does mathematics need a worldview?" Man and the Christian Worldview Conference, Alushta, Ukraine, May 16, 2008.
"Models and presuppositions in science and theology", ESSSAT Conference, Sigtuna, Sweden, May 3, 2008.
"Worldviews in Conflict: Christianity versus its challengers", Creation Research Society, Prince George, Feb.6, 2007 (powerpoint)
"War of the Worldviews: Naturalism versus Christianity", Creation Science Association of BC, Chilliwack, Feb.16 and Vancouver, Feb.17, 2007 (powerpoint)
"Cosmology and Reality", Pacific Bible College, March 10, 2007 (powerpoint)
"Matter, Mathematics and God", May 1, 2006, International Congress on Science and Religion, Tehran
"Chance, Choice and God", May 2, 2006, International Congress on Science and Religion, Tehran.
"Cosmology and Christianity" Feb., 2006, Young People's Society, Reformed Congregation, Chilliwack (powerpoint).
"Christian Warfare Against Evil Strongholds", Sermon on II Cor.10:4-5. Reformed Baptist Church, Jerusalem, May 20, 2005.
"Creation, Science and Biblical Authority", Reformatorisch Dagblad Studiedag, Apeldoorn, Oct.8, 2005.
"Teaching Mathematics From a Christian Perspective", CTABC-NWSCI Teachers Convention, Langley, Oct.5, 2004 (powerpoint).
"A Christian Perspective On Physics", Physics Faculty Lecture, Potchefstroom, South Africa, Feb.7, 2003.
"Presuppositions in Cosmology", Philosophy Faculty Lecture, Potchefstroom, Feb.10, 2003.
"Life in the Universe", Biology Faculty Lecture, Potchefstroom, Feb.11, 2003.
"Chance, God and Freedom", Theology Faculty Lecture, Potchefstroom, Feb.12, 2003.
"Can (Post)Modern Science Prove Genesis 1-11 is Not Historical?", Die Teologiese Studentevereniging, Potchefstroom, Feb.13, 2003.
"Towards a Christian Cosmology", Simposium, Grondslae en Etiek, Potchefstroom, Feb.14, 2003.
"Interactions Between Matter, Mind and Mathematics", CCCU Workshop, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, May 23, 2003.
"Mathematical Models and Reality", ACMS Conference, Point Loma Nazarene College, San Diego, May 29, 2003. (powerpoint).
"Theism and Mathematical Realism", Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences Conference, Calvin College, May 31, 2001.
"Presuppositions and Worldviews in Dialogue", Templeton "Time & God" Conference, Oxford, July 10, 2000.
"The Reformed View of Origins", Canadian Reformed Young Peoples Ring Kring, Langley, April 11, 1999.
"Is Theistic Evolution Biblical?" Alliance of Reformed Churches Conference, Wheaton College, July 23, 1993.