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Thu, Oct 23rd - 10:37AM

Arthur C Custance, Ph.D.

Arthur Custance BiographyArthur Custance was born and educated in England and moved to Canada when he was 18. In his second year at University of Toronto, he was converted to faith in Christ. The experience so changed his thinking that he switched courses, obtaining an honours M.A. in Hebrew and Greek. In his formal education, he explored many facets of knowledge and was particularly interested in anthropology and origins. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa in 1959 while serving as head of the Human Engineering Laboratories of the Defence Research Board in Ottawa and was engaged in research work for 15 years. During that time, he also wrote and published The Doorway Papers and when he retired in 1970, he wrote 6 major books. Arthur Custance's writings are characterized by a combination of scholarly thoroughness and biblical orthodoxy.

The Biography of Arthur C Custance by Evelyn White was published in 2007.
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Wed, Oct 8th - 11:19AM

In the Sweat of Thy Brow

Sweat GlandWhile at Canada's Defence Research Board Arthur Custance researched physiological stress under combat operations. He held several patents in the area of applied physiological instrumentation, including the Custance Sudorimeter which permits exceedingly accurate measurement of levels of sweating. He presented numerous classified papers before scientific and military audiences, and his significant research in physiological heat stress resulted in a score of government reports as well as publishing in scientific journals.

Originally published under the title The Meaning of Sweat as Part of the Curse, Sweat of Thy Brow by Arthur Custance finds that Scripture has little to say about sweating, but what it does say is remarkably significant. This significance is only apparent when one has learned something about the intricacies of the sweating mechanisms physiologically considered.

Hence, most of the paper is occupied with things physiological. Nevertheless, several interesting lines of thought develop in the process with respect to the relationship between man and the animals, and between fear and pain.

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Mon, Sep 29th - 10:25AM

God Within Nature

Arthur Custance opens his Doorway Paper Nature as Part of the Kingdom of God with this story:

Some years ago I was sitting in Queen's Park in Toronto with a friend of mine, watching the squirrels busily engaged in gathering nuts and searching furiously for suitable burial grounds.

I said to him. "Did you know that the Indians used to watch the squirrels and chipmunks and gauged the probable severity of the winter to come by their activity? If they were very busy, it presaged a hard winter, and vice versa." Then I added, "It seems to me a remarkable thing that God has given these little creatures a kind of built-in wisdom which tells them what to do. We seem so poorly equipped by contrast." I felt rather pleased with myself at having made the point so appropriately.

But he turned to me with some skepticism and remarked, "I suppose you know that they forget where they hide half of them? It's a pity God didn't make them altogether wise and give them better memories." This was a little disconcerting -- because, of course, it was true. For a while I wondered why God should have given them the instincts they had and not made these instincts more reliable. Then I thought that He had perhaps arranged that they should hide twice as many as they need so that they can afford to forget where half of them are. But in a more sober mood I had to admit honestly that this was not a very satisfying conclusion: it was such a waste of energy, and of nuts!

But one day, a few months later, a friend of mine sent me a copy of Science Digest, and in it I found the answer. At the end of one article, to fill out the space on the page, there was a little extract from Forestry Digest, which was titled "Chipmunks Plant 17,000 Trees per Acre." I read it without any particular attention until I came to the statement that two research workers had found that chipmunks and squirrels plant about 17,000 trees per acre as a result of "forgetting" where they put them! What appears as a failure on the part of these beautiful little creatures turns out to be an illustration of a far superior kind of wisdom because they are, in effect, guaranteeing the future of succeeding generations of their own kind, as well as contributing towards the well-being of other creatures in the closely-knit kingdom of Nature. Thus, the satisfying picture of God's superintending providence in Nature was once more restored.

Continue reading Nature as Part of the Kingdom of God

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Tue, Sep 16th - 5:34PM

How Did Jesus Die?

The paper How Did Jesus Die? by Arthur Custance examines how crucifixion caused Jesus Christ's death.
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Crucifixion was a common form of capital punishment from the 6th century BC, especially among the Persians, Egyptians, Carthaginians, and Romans. Constantine the Great out of respect for Jesus Christ abolished the practice in 337 so there can be no empirical evidence of how crucifixion causes death.

It has been impossible for scientists to create a research method that is a realistic, while humane, ethical and painless. As a result, the observations of Dr. Custance are as valid today as when he wrote them.

The final observation of Dr Custance's paper is:

(Jesus Christ) did not "yield up" His spirit as man is called upon to do, but rather dismissed His life voluntarily, at one and the same moment committing His spirit into the Father's hands and passing out of the confines of incarnation into an entirely new level of existence, made finally and fully complete with the resurrection and glorification of His body.

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Tue, Sep 2nd - 5:33PM

Who Taught Adam To Speak?

In the paper Who Taught Adam To Speak? by Arthur Custance, Dr. Custance looks at the evolutionary and the biblical accounts of the origins of speech. He discusses the sounds of speech, how sounds become speech and who did speak first. Dr Custance concludes:

Revelation is all that remains to us, and that revelation has been set forth in clear simple terms. God spoke to Adam first. And in due time Adam learned to speak with God. This is the unique relationship which man has with God, the capacity for conscious fellowship and communication, and all that these imply.

For this fellowship he was created, and without it he is like a feral child, an orphan and terribly alone. To communicate with others is necessary for the generation of a soul in the personal sense of the term. To communicate with God it is necessary for that soul to be truly alive, and this kind of communication involves a fellowship based upon a true reconciliation between God and man.

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