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The J. Wentzel van Huyssteen papers

 Collection — Box: 1-13
Identifier: SCM 409

Scope and Contents

Materials consist of correspondence, course syllabi, writings and lectures on science and religion; and drafts and other papers pertaining to publication of his book, Alone in the World? Human Uniqueness in Science and Theology.


  • 1970 - 2014

Conditions Governing Access

There are no special restrictions to the access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

J. Wentzel van Huyssteen is James I. McCord Professor of Theology and Science Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary. Born in South Africa in 1942 and ordained in the Dutch Reformed Church there, he holds an MA in philosophy from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, and PhD in philosophical theology from the Free University of Amsterdam. He was professor and chair of religious studies at South Africa's University of Port Elizabeth 1972-1992, when he came to the United States to be Princeton Seminary's first McCord professor. His areas of academic interest include theology and science, interdisciplinary and philosophical theology, and religion and scientific epistemology. Van Huyssteen taught courses on the role of worldviews in theological reflection, theology and the problem of rationality, theology and cosmology, and theology and evolution.

He has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, Nederduits Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif, and the Journal of Theology and Science, and has been coeditor of the Science and Religion Series (Ashgate Press). He delivered the Gifford Lectures in 2004, titled “Alone in the World? Science and Theology on Human Uniqueness.”


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Materials are arranged in original order:


  1. Gifford Lectures
  2. Writings
  3. Syllabi
  4. Miscellaneous papers

Immediate Source of Acquisition

J Wentzel van Huyssteen gave these papers to PTS Special Collections June 12, 2014.

The J. Wentzel van Huyssteen papers
Jacqueline Rider
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Repository Details

Part of the Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Special Collections Repository

Princeton Theological Seminary
Wright Library
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Princeton NJ 08540 USA