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Q&A #43 – Roelof (Rudy) Eikelboom (6 November 2023)

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For the past 50 years, the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation has facilitated discussions about science and Christian faith in Canada. As part of our 50th-anniversary celebrations, we asked 50 CSCA members to comment on their personal connections to science, scripture, and Canadian scenery. We will share these contributions throughout 2023 in the hope that you will find them engaging and encouraging.

CSCA member of the week: Roelof (Rudy) Eikelboom, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University.

1. Why did you choose your scientific discipline?

By default: I was in a BSc degree at McGill, and psychology was the closest discipline in Science to theology.

2. What is one of your favourite Bible verses and why?

Though the fig tree does not blossom and no fruit is on the vines; though the produce of the olive fails and the fields yield no food; though the flock is cut off from the fold and there is no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the God of my salvation.”

—Habakkuk 3:17-18

It is the opposite of the prosperity gospel and says I will serve my Lord and God regardless of my human condition.

3. Which Canadian city or landscape do you love exploring and why?

Montreal: it is my social and emotional home city.

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