The American Scientific Affiliation, or ASA, was founded in 1941 as an international network of Christians in the sciences. As scientists, members of the ASA take part in humanity’s exploration of nature, its laws, and how it works. As Christians, ASAers want to know not just how the universe operates and came into being, but why it exists in the first place.
Why are we here, and why seemingly alone among all creatures do humans possess the qualities required for scientific research — like curiosity, creativity, and a sense of purpose? When and how did we become this way, and what does that say about our relationship with God?
Who are we, really?
We in the American Scientific Affiliation believe that God is both the creator of our vast universe and is the source of our ability to pursue knowledge — also, that honest and open studies of both scripture and nature are mutually beneficial in developing a full understanding of human identity and our environment.
Two things unite the members of the ASA:
— belief in orthodox Christianity, as defined by the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds, which can be read in full here.
— a commitment to mainstream science, that is, any subject on which there is a clear scientific consensus.
For those topics on which there is no consensus and further study and analysis is needed, ASA members are dedicated to promoting ethically and methodologically sound research and dialogue.
The ASA is not an advocacy organization. Where there is honest disagreement on an aspect of science, Christian faith, or the relationship between the two, the ASA strives to create a safe environment in which dialogue can flourish and diverse, even contrasting, ideas can be discussed with courtesy and respect.