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The BioLogos Forum is designed to foster a serious and comprehensive discussion of Christian faith and the sciences. We believe that charitable engagement of different perspectives within the Church helps sharpen our thinking and deepen our commitment to the truth that is hidden in Christ. So while many of the articles and videos under the distinctive Forum banner come from BioLogos staff and Senior Fellows, we feature a range of voices, including those that disagree with us and with each other. Unless otherwise noted, views expressed are those of the authors, not necessarily of The BioLogos Foundation. You can read more about what we believe here, and join the conversation in the comments section at the end of each post.

Introducing Ted Davis

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.”
Introducing Ted Davis

Introducing Ted Davis

Today we welcome Ted Davis as the BioLogos Senior Fellow for the History of Science. This week, Dr. Davis begins his regular posts on the BioLogos Forum with a bit of personal background; next week, he outlines his plans for an informal on-line course in the history of the science and faith conversation, with an emphasis on the Bible and science in the United States.
March 27, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Lives of Faith 
45
 
Science and the Bible: Five Attitudes & Approaches

Science and the Bible: Five Attitudes & Approaches

If you’re reading this, then you already have an interest in how science relates to the Bible. Judging from the very large number of books, magazine articles, blog entries, and sermons devoted to that topic in any given year, you aren’t alone.
April 03, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
62
 
Galileo and Other Good Books about Science and the Bible

Galileo and Other Good Books about Science and the Bible

The most important book that has ever been written about science and the Bible is none other than the Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina, written in 1615 by the great mathematician Galileo Galilei (1564-1642).
April 17, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
56
 
Galileo and the Garden of Eden: The Principle of Accommodation and the Book of Genesis, Part 1

Galileo and the Garden of Eden: The Principle of Accommodation and the Book of Genesis, Part 1

In 1615, Cardinal Bellarmine admitted that if there were “a true demonstration” of the Copernican theory, then we might need to reinterpret some biblical passages. When do we have enough evidence for a scientific conclusion to warrant a re-interpretation of the Bible?
May 08, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Biblical Interpretation 
20
 
Galileo and the Garden of Eden: The Principle of Accommodation and the Book of Genesis, Part 2

Galileo and the Garden of Eden: The Principle of Accommodation and the Book of Genesis, Part 2

If we accept the general validity of the historical sciences, then we cannot avoid asking hard questions about our understanding of the biblical text.
May 09, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Biblical Interpretation 
43
 
Science and the Bible: Scientific Creationism, Part 1

Science and the Bible: Scientific Creationism, Part 1

This is a very sensitive matter for creationist proponents, who tend to take a dim view of any speakers or seminars (such as this series) that present alternatives without openly condemning them.
May 22, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Biblical Interpretation 
42
 
Science and the Bible: Scientific Creationism, Part 2

Science and the Bible: Scientific Creationism, Part 2

Indeed, commitment to a young earth and Flood Geology remained on the periphery of fundamentalism until the publication of The Genesis Flood, by John C. Whitcomb and Henry Morris, in 1961.
June 05, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Biblical Interpretation 
63
 
Science and the Bible: Concordism, Part 1

Science and the Bible: Concordism, Part 1

Derived from the word “concord,” meaning a state of harmony, “concordism” has been used sparingly in English for more than a century. However, its prominence today comes from a thoroughly scholarly book written shortly after World War Two.
June 19, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Biblical Interpretation 
42
 
Science and the Bible: Concordism, Part 2

Science and the Bible: Concordism, Part 2

Indeed, concordists usually seem to be writing with one eye on YEC readers. Hugh Ross, an outspoken advocate of the day-age view whose views have already been discussed, is probably the most obvious example of such an author today.
July 03, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Biblical Interpretation 
49
 
Science and the Bible: Concordism, Part 3

Science and the Bible: Concordism, Part 3

Concordism in general is as old as references to the “book of nature” as a valid source of truth, supplementing the Bible. These go back at least to the Middle Ages and were very common by the 17th century.
July 16, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Biblical Interpretation 
73
 
Science and the Bible: The Framework View

Science and the Bible: The Framework View

Although the Framework View has existed for about ninety years, its attitude toward the Genesis “days” is similar to that held by Augustine. He taught that God created all things at once and told us about it in the pattern of six days, in order that we could understand it. The days themselves, however, were “unknowable” and not meant as a “literal” description of the passage of time.
July 31, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Creation & Origins 
136
 
Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 1

Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 1

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.
August 15, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Creation & Origins 
120
 
Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 2

Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 2

Everyone reading this column originated in the union of two cells, one from each parent. Everyone reading this is also created in the image of God. Each of these two sentences is true, but the truths they proclaim are of a different order. The first neither implies nor negates the second.
August 29, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
159
 
Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 3

Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 3

As I stressed in my column about the YEC view, creationism is ultimately about theodicy—it’s not only about theodicy, to be sure, but the belief that animals must not have suffered and died before Adam and Eve committed the first sin is crucial to the “young” in Young Earth Creationism. To a significant degree, Theistic Evolution is also about theodicy.
September 11, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Problem of Evil 
160
 
Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 4

Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 4

Scientist-theologians who write about TE also think about creation and theodicy in terms of divine “kenosis” and eschatology. So today we’ll conclude our “implications” section by returning to creational theology, and then turn to the ways TEs re-think Adam and Eve in light of human evolution.
September 25, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
132
 
Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 5

Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 5

No episode in the history of Christianity and science is better known than the Scopes trial. In the swelteringly hot summer of 1925, a rookie teacher named John Scopes was prosecuted for teaching evolution in the small town of Dayton, Tennessee.
October 08, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
198
 
Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 1

Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 1

The term “intelligent design” has been used since at least 1847, in reference to “the theory that matter, the various forms of life, and the world were created by a designing intelligence.” However, the term itself has an interesting history...
October 24, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Design 
154
 
Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 2

Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 2

Keep in mind the basic idea of ID, “that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection.”
November 07, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Design 
50
 
Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 3

Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 3

Is methodological naturalism equivalent to atheism? That’s the rock bottom question here, and there simply is no consensus—neither among Christians nor even among atheists, for that matter.
November 20, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Science & Worldviews 
130
 
Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 4

Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 4

Our discussion of Intelligent Design resumes with some conclusions we might draw about it.
December 05, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Design 
153
 
Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 5

Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 5

As we’ve already seen, ID is a “philosophical critique of the explanatory efficacy of Darwinian evolution”, not an alternative “theory of everything.” In my opinion, the inability of ID to offer an alternative history of nature counts crucially against its acceptance by the scientific community.
December 18, 2012 
Ted Davis 
Design 
120
 
Science and the Bible: Assessing the Evangelical Encounter with Evolution

Science and the Bible: Assessing the Evangelical Encounter with Evolution

Having now completed our study of the five main views about “Science and the Bible” held by conservative Protestants, I conclude with a final column, assessing the whole situation as I see it today.
January 17, 2013 
Ted Davis 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
58