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John Byl

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Dr. John Byl is a creation scientist with specializations and interests in Galactic Astronomy, Theoretical Physics, Applied Math, Science & Technology, and Christian Worldview. He has a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of British Columbia, and is the former Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Trinity Western University, Langley, BC. [1]

John was born in The Hague, Netherlands, in 1949 and is now a Canadian citizen, is married and has six children and four grandchildren. He is an elder in the Canadian Reformed Church.[2]

John Byl, Ph.D.
Trinity Western University
7600 Glover Road
Langley, BC, Canada V2Y 1Y1
Tel. 604-574-3087
Fax 604-513-2018

Work History

Since 2009 Dr. Byl has been a professor emeritus at 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.[2]

He previously worked as a visiting professor at Dordt College, Iowa, in the Physics Department during 1977-79. He also performed his post doctoral fellow from 1973-75 and was a lecturer from 1975-77 at the University of British Columbia , Department of Geophysics & Astronomy in Vancouver , B.C. Canada.[2]


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 his research has shifted to philosophical and theological issues related to the foundations of mathematics, physics and cosmology.[2]





Title Description
Cosmology and Reality There is a huge gap between cosmological data and theory. Many different cosmologies can explain the same data. Cosmology needs presuppositions, many of which are unverifiable. We examine a number of ancient, Big Bang, and creationist models. Although a cosmological model may have serious short-comings, any favored cosmology can be saved by ad hoc devices. Ultimately, cosmological models are assessed in terms of one’s worldview. A Biblical cosmology differs on the nature of reality, origins and eschatology.
War of the Worldviews – Christianity versus Naturalism Some claim science has “killed” God. Yet science is not objective but is very much worldview-driven. Worldviews reflect our most basic presuppositions about reality. The defense of naturalism & post-modernity are ultimately self-refuting. Christianity, on the other hand, gives coherence, meaning, purpose & hope
Does math need a worldview? Is math discovered or invented? Does it deal with truth? Does actual infinity exist? How much of math is valid? Why is math applicable to physics? Answers to these questions depend on one’s worldview. It is contended that Christianity explains classical math and modern set theory much better than naturalism does.

Professional data

  • B.S. in Mathematics, University of British Columbia (1969)
  • Ph.D. in Astronomy, University of British Columbia (1973)
  • Awarded the Templeton Award for Science/Religion Course for his course Math 480: Foundations in the Mathematical Sciences: Theological and Philosophical Issues. 1999.[2]


Videos from the Seattle Creation Conference 2010


  1. John Byl by Trinity Western University
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Biography, submitted by John Byl to the CreationWiki April 20, 2010.