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Dr. J. Laurence Kulp

Wrong Dr. J. Laurence Kulp?

Director

Lamont Geochemical Laboratory
 
Background

Employment History

  • Faculty Member
    Columbia's Lamont Geological Observatory
  • Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Ph.D. , physical chemistry
    Princeton
  • second doctorate , geology
    Columbia
Web References
NOV59.htm
www.asa3.org, 11 Sept 2011 [cached]
Another in the series of very important papers on the effect of radiation on man, spearheaded by former ASA member Dr. J. Laurence Kulp, Director of Lamont Geochemical Laboratory, is "Strontium-90 in Man - III" by Kulp, Arthur Schulert and Elizabeth J. Hodges, SCIENCE, 129, 1249-55, 8 May, 1959.
New Page 1
www.asa3.org, 1 Dec 1991 [cached]
They were Peter Stoner, Russell Mixter, and J. Laurence Kulp (b. 1921), the bright young Wheaton alumnus whose Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Princeton was followed with all the coursework for a second doctorate in geology from Columbia.
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Critical of the article's "illogical" thesis and "unscholarly attitude," Kulp suspected that Morris's summary paragraph alone "would make most educated readers look for the nearest trash basket."
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Kulp had complained, "If there is even one `good' anti-evolutionary book, I would be delighted to know about the same."
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Growing weary of the persistent legacy of Price, Rimmer, and others, Everest hoped that Kulp would lend his expertise at the 1948 ASA convention the following August.
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Kulp, who had been reading about man-like fossils, had come to believe another tactic was in order.He told Everest that contrary to "the various pseudoscientific statements in Christian apologetical literature" there was a "tremendous number of geological facts concerning the chronology of the Pleistocene period [which] make it apparent that such [man-like] creatures have been on the earth probably hundreds of thousands of years."He felt that the ASA ought to know about these facts.Consequently he recommended postponing what he agreed to be "the necessary destruction of flood geology" in order to focus upon a subject he believed to be "of far more importance to the A.S.A."40 Thus Kulp's 1948 convention paper was entitled "Antiquity of Hominoid Fossils."41
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Kulp responded congenially and with confidence that no genuine evangelical convictions were threatened.Despite the mild dissonance, the session concluded with Kulp's proclaimed objective realized - "instruct[ing] evangelical scholars in the ways of geology and the age of man."42
Kulp's paper, simply titled "Deluge Geology," set about to remove systematically any shred of credibility that flood geology owned.
Kulp's self-described work had, indeed, only begun.About a month later - in a letter congratulating him on being elected to replace Monsma on the executive council (a move perhaps symbolic of the direction ASA was moving and certainly one capitalizing on Kulp's "strategic place") - Everest reminded Kulp of the persistently lingering bogey man. "This flood business seems continually to crop up," he groaned; and then went on to share a substantive excerpt from one of Henry Morris's recent letters.Intently hopeful that Kulp would view Morris's remarks as evidence that flood geology required a straightforward dismantling and burial, Everest concluded the letter with the hint to take on the subject at the next annual meeting.
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Kulp concurred "that an analysis of Flood Geology is required."
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The ASA president gladly replied with a promise to loan Kulp his file of "The Bulletin of Deluge Geology" with the condition that it be returned after use because, as Everest explained, "Although this is on my 'screwy shelf', I prize them highly."
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Although Kulp was a known quantity and had proven at the last convention that he could "treat ¼ controversial subject[s] with tact," Southern California, the site of the next meeting, was home of "the foremost proponents" of flood geology."[T]he presentation of a destruction of something they hold very close to biblical truth itself," cautioned Everest, "if not done very carefully and wisely, might turn them from the ASA."44
Plans went forward, however, and Kulp plunged into the corpus of works by flood geologists.Upon completion of the last copy of the "Bulletin of Deluge Geology," he pronounced in exasperation, "What confusion!"
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Kulp argued that flood geology entailed "four basic errors."After explaining each in the context of an extended geology lesson, Kulp finally pronounced his judgement that Deluge Geology was "entirely inadequate."But, he assured, this should not be a source of difficulty to the evangelical Christian.
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Morris, complaining that Kulp had "used the paper merely
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At the last minute circumstances had conspired to prevent Kulp from attending the meeting; so Marie Fetzer was recruited to read Kulp's paper.
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Her presentation was followed by plenty of discussion, but, as Everest later reported to Kulp, Price only "said something very brief which missed what everyone was waiting for."48
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Kulp concurred, "I suppose we must keep banging away on the educational program."And bang away they did.49
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Morris, complaining that Kulp had "used the paper merely to bolster his pre-determined conclusion," surmised that its author "may still be too much influenced in his own thinking by the orthodox geological viewpoint."
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At the 1951 meeting at Shelton College, Uuras Saarnivaara, a sociologist specializing in exegesis and ethics at Suomi Theological Seminary in Hancock, Michigan, trotted out his rejoiner to Kulp in a paper entitled, "Flood Geology."According to the abstract, the paper promised to show that "practically all the arguments of Kulp against flood geology are based on faulty information, or on faulty conclusions."Yet, despite the abstract's brazen claims, it apparently fell on deaf ears.51
The dissonant chatter about flood geology between ASA members did not remain within the confines of ASA meetings and publications either.52 During the mid 1950s the pages of InterVarsity's HIS magazine became a forum for various ASA members to dispute flood geology and related subjects.
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As had been the case with J. Laurence Kulp's "Deluge Geology" paper, an anonymous critical response appeared in the ASA journal.
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Kulp, for instance, had responded to Mixter regarding the Darwinian centennial volume, "I, for one, will have no part of a straight "anti-evolution" treatise, which is the form in which it was originally proposed."
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28Henry M. Morris, "Can a Christian Consistently Believe in Evolution?"; F. Alton Everest to J. Laurence Kulp, December 28, 1947, (explanation of situation and quote), ASA Papers.
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29Personal interview with J. Laurence Kulp, November 7, 1990, (biographical information); F. Alton Everest to J. Laurence Kulp, November 27, 1947; I also gratefully acknowledge Ronald Numbers's loan of the recording of his July 23, 1984 interview with Kulp.
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29Personal interview with J. Laurence Kulp, November 7, 1990, (biographical information); F. Alton Everest to J. Laurence Kulp, November 27, 1947; I also gratefully acknowledge Ronald Numbers's loan of the recording of his July 23, 1984 interview with Kulp.
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29Personal interview with J. Laurence Kulp, November 7, 1990, (biographical information); F. Alton Everest to J. Laurence Kulp, November 27, 1947; I also gratefully acknowledge Ronald Numbers's loan of the recording of his July 23, 1984 interview with Kulp.
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A Veteran of Manhattan Project research, Kulp had become a faculty member at Columbia's Lamont Geological Observatory and an important leader in applying Willard F. Libby's (1908-1980) newly developed methods of carbon-14 dating to problems of geology.
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Laurence Kulp, 1948, pp.I-1, II-3, and VIII-1 through VIII-6; mimeograph copy in ASA Papers.
38W. E. Lammerts, "Critique of Radioactivity Estimates of Age of the Earth," in A Symposium on "The Age of the Earth" by Members of the American Scientific Affiliation, ed.J.Laurence Kulp, 1948, pp.VI-1 through VI-4, in ASA Papers.
39F. Alton Everest to J. Laurence Kulp, November 27, 1947, (comprehensive destruction); F. Alton Everest to Harley Barnes, November 27, 1947, Everest wrote, "The prospect of Dr. Kulp writing on Flood Geology for the next ASA convention is very heartening to me, personally, for these things should be met squarely," both in ASA Papers.39F. Alton Everest to J. Laurence Kulp, November 27, 1947, (comprehensive destruction); F. Alton Everest to Harley Barnes, November 27, 1947, Everest wrote, "The prospect of Dr. Kulp writing on Flood Geology for the next ASA convention is very heartening to me, personally, for these things should be met squarely," both in ASA Papers.
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72-73 (emphasis mine), and p. 81; J. Laurence Kulp to F. Alton Everest, November 14, 1948, (instruct in ways of geology).
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43F. Alton Everest to J. Laurence Kulp, November 6, 1948, (strategic place, crop up, Morris letter, 1949 meeting).
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Actually, Everest and Kulp had corresponded rather extensively during the late forties on the content and purposes of Modern Science and Christian Faith.
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Kulp collaborated directly with Gedney in revisions of "Geology and the Bible" for the second edition.
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"We agree to hit Flood Geology by omission rather than by attack for the purpose of the present volume," Kulp explained to Everest; J. Laurence Kulp to F. Alton Everest, March 21, 1949, ASA Papers.
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"We agree to hit Flood Geology by omission rather than by attack for the purpose of the present volume," Kulp explained to Everest;
BIBLE STUDY MANUALS: CREATIONISM VS EVOLUTION
www.biblestudymanuals.net, 6 April 2006 [cached]
J. L. Kulp discusses these as follows:
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[J. L. Kulp: "Flood Geology," Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation, January 1950, p. 10]
SEP63.htm
www.asa3.org, 13 Jan 2009 [cached]
J. Laurence Kulp, former member of the ASA. Professor of Geochemistry at Columbia Univ. and Director of the Geochemical laboratory of Lamont Geophysical Observatory, completed a month-long Sigma Xi lecture tour, lecturing on geochronology. Dr. Kulp also attended a recent conference in the USSR.
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