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Davis, Ted

Ted Davis

Ted Davis is Fellow of the History of Science for the BioLogos Foundation and Professor of the History of Science at Messiah College. At Messiah, Davis teaches courses on historical and contemporary aspects of Christianity and science and directs the Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science.
Bacon for Breakfast: Religion and Science in Antebellum America

8 Part Series: Reading God’s Two Books: Early American Perspectives

American thinking about religion and science before the Civil War was substantially informed by the powerful “concordist” metaphor of God as the “author” of two “books,” nature and Scripture, which ultimately must agree.
April 29, 2015 
Ted Davis 
Christian Science History, Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
 
Evolution and Original Sin by Robin Collins: Introduction

11 Part Series: Evolution and Original Sin by Robin Collins

December 03, 2014 
Ted Davis, Robin Collins 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin, Human Origins 
 
The Boxer and the Biologist

6 Part Series: Fundamentalists, Modernists, and Evolution

July 31, 2014 
Ted Davis 
Biblical Authority, Christianity & Science - Then and Now, Creation & Origins, Education 
 
On Creating the Cosmos

9 Part Series: On Creating the Cosmos, by Ted Peters

Last year I introduced readers to one of the leading voices about Christianity and science, John Polkinghorne. I also helped BioLogos bring in another leading voice, Robert Russell. This new series introduces a third prominent Christian thinker, Lutheran theologian Ted Peters, Research Professor Emeritus in Systematic Theology and Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (http://www.ctns.org/), and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.
March 20, 2014 
Ted Davis 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now, Creation & Origins, Science & Worldviews 
 
The Faith of a Great Scientist: Robert Boyle’s Religious Life, Attitudes, and Vocation, Part 1

13 Part Series: The Faith of a Great Scientist: Robert Boyle’s Religious Life, Attitudes, and Vocation

A deep love for scripture, coupled (ironically) with a lifelong struggle with religious doubt, led Robert Boyle to write several important books relating scientific and religious knowledge. We explore aspects of this fascinating interaction.
August 08, 2013 
Ted Davis 
Science as Christian Calling 
 
Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye

1 Part Series: Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye

January 15, 2014 
Ted Davis, Deborah Haarsma 
Christian Unity, Science & Worldviews 
 
Searching for Motivated Belief: Introducing John Polkinghorne

12 Part Series: Searching for Motivated Belief

Over the next few months, with permission from Yale University Press, BioLogos will offer edited versions of chapters from John Polkinghorne's best books, Belief in God in an Age of Science and Theology in the Context of Science, in order to help readers delve more deeply into some of his most important ideas.
February 14, 2013 
Ted Davis 
Lives of Faith 
 
Introducing Ted Davis

22 Part Series: Science and the Bible

This ongoing series written by historian Ted Davis begins with a brief synopsis of his personal background, and then goes on to reveal his passion for debunking “the now-common view that the history of science and Christianity is one of ongoing, inevitable conflict.”
March 27, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Lives of Faith 
 
Christianity and Science in Historical Perspective, Part 1

3 Part Series: Christianity and Science in Historical Perspective

In this series, Ted Davis reflects on the interaction of science and Christianity during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, a time when foundations for modern science were quickly developing. He dismisses the idea that the influential areas of theology and science hold opposing views about the world and also explains how the Church enthusiastically supported and encouraged the growth of the various scientific disciplines, especially during the pre-Copernican time. He goes on to elaborate on the Copernican and Galileo controversies as well as highlight the faith of well-known scientists such as Kepler, Boyle, and Polkinghorne.
April 18, 2011 
Ted Davis 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
 
Top-List Survey With Ted Davis: Question 1

2 Part Series: Top-List Survey with Ted Davis

This short series by Ted Davis responds to two questions. They seek to know which books have persuaded his thoughts in the science, philosophy and religion interface. In the first blog, the American Scientific Affiliation as well as several books, especially The Post- Darwinian Controversies, are identified as significant to his ideas and career choice early on. The second blog offers a short summary of works and authors that currently influence his work.
June 12, 2010 
Ted Davis 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
 
Conflicts ≠ CONFLICT: My Last Word on Cornelius Hunter’s Misunderstanding of the History of Science and Religion

Conflicts ≠ CONFLICT: My Last Word on Cornelius Hunter’s Misunderstanding of the History of Science and Religion

Cornelius Hunter’s charge that BioLogos promotes the Warfare Thesis of science and religion is rooted in a misunderstanding of what historians have actually said about that idea.
August 07, 2015 
Ted Davis 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
 
Here’s What’s Not Going on with BioLogos

Here’s What’s Not Going on with BioLogos

Cornelius Hunter’s claim that BioLogos advances the “Warfare Thesis” between science and religion is wholly unfounded.
August 04, 2015 
Ted Davis 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
 
Science Versus God in Tennessee: Has Anything Really Changed?

Science Versus God in Tennessee: Has Anything Really Changed?

Ninety years is a long time, and so much has changed all over the world. But have the cultural perceptions about science and religion changed since the Scopes Trial in 1925?
July 22, 2015 
Ted Davis 
Christian Science History, Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
 
Did Newton’s God Vanish with the “Gaps” in His Science?

Did Newton’s God Vanish with the “Gaps” in His Science?

In none of these cases was Newton inserting God into a “gap” into our knowledge that science would someday fill. Rather, his prior belief in God helped him arrive at attitudes and ideas that have unquestionably advanced our understanding of nature.
April 12, 2015 
Ted Davis 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now, Divine Action & Purpose, Science & Worldviews 
 
The End of the World—an Advent homily by John Polkinghorne

The End of the World—an Advent homily by John Polkinghorne

If Christmas is about love, Advent is about hope. In this column, John Polkinghorne reminds us of the joyous fact that the Christian God is a God of hope—a hope that transcends this world, a hope that goes beyond what science alone can tell us about the end of the world.
November 30, 2014 
John Polkinghorne, Ted Davis 
 
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From the Archives: Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 1

From the Archives: Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 1

From 2012: The dictionaries I checked don’t define the term, “theistic evolution,” so I offer my own definition: the belief that God used the process of evolution to create living things, including humans.
November 20, 2014 
Ted Davis 
Creation & Origins 
 
Debating Darwin—How the Church Responded to the Evolution Bombshell

Debating Darwin—How the Church Responded to the Evolution Bombshell

“Where many scholars in previous generations simply assumed that Christianity and science have always been in conflict—and not just over evolution—recent scholarship has decisively debunked that view. The main message from today’s historians is complexity, not conflict.”
November 22, 2013 
Ted Davis 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
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An Obituary for the “Warfare” View of Science and Religion

An Obituary for the “Warfare” View of Science and Religion

As an historian of science, I belong to a small, somewhat esoteric club. But our collective anonymity may now be changing with the publication of a splendid new book from Harvard University Press, Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion.
August 28, 2009 
Ted Davis 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
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