Ted Davis

Ted Davis is Professor of the History of Science at Messiah College. A former high school science teacher, Ted studied history and philosophy of science at Indiana University, where his mentor was the late Richard S. Westfall, author of the definitive biography of Isaac Newton. With the English historian Michael Hunter, Ted edited The Works of Robert Boyle, 14 vols. (London: Pickering & Chatto, 1999-2000), but his interests include the whole 2000-year interaction of Christianity and science. Author of dozens of scholarly articles and essays, Ted is one of few historians who have written extensively about both the Scientific Revolution and modern America. He and his wife Kathy enjoy theater, music, and traveling to new places.

  • Why Do Some Modern Christians Doubt the Resurrection?

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    Why Do Some Modern Christians Doubt the Resurrection? | Ted Davis

    Modern theologians who have denied the Resurrection have often done so because of a post-Enlightenment bias against the possibility of miracles. Read More >

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  • Did Darwin Promote Genocide?

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    Did Darwin Promote Genocide? | Ted Davis

    Darwin’s views on race and culture are backwards by today’s standards, but it's wrong to blame him for the atrocities that followed his life and work.  Read More >

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  • What the Creation Museum is Really About

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    What the Creation Museum is Really About | Ted Davis

    Engaging culture with Christian truth is our duty, but it goes awry when Christians approach culture in a combative manner, oversimplify complex issues, and delegitimize other approac... Read More >

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  • Does Modern Science Make Jesus a Liar?

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    Does Modern Science Make Jesus a Liar? | Ted Davis

    Ted Davis responds to the Young-Earth Creationist accusation that, “By accepting evolution and billions of years, Christians are making Jesus into a liar.”  Read More >

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  • Did John Calvin Make God a Liar?

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    Did John Calvin Make God a Liar? | Ted Davis

    Calvin, along with other theologians, believed that God accommodated to human error in some passages of scripture. Does this make Calvin a threat to biblical authority? Read More >

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  • Does Death Before the Fall Make God a Liar?

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    Does Death Before the Fall Make God a Liar? | Ted Davis

    Ted Davis responds to the accusation by Young-Earth Creationists that Evolutionary Creationism involves death before the Fall and, so, contradicts biblical revelation and makes God ou... Read More >

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  • Creationism, Apologetics, and Evangelism

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    Creationism, Apologetics, and Evangelism | Ted Davis

    Opposition to evolution is often closely linked with apologetics and evangelism. Read More >

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  • Creationism and Culture Wars

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    Creationism and Culture Wars | Ted Davis

    Creationism—young-earth, but also old earth and intelligent design—thrives within the context of culture wars, and its proponents often blame evolution for myriad social i... Read More >

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  • How Should Christians Respond to the False Gods of the New Atheists?

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    How Should Christians Respond to the False Gods of the New Atheists? | Ted Davis

    New Atheism provides an opportunity to bring clarity, to do soul-searching before casting the first stone, and to rise to higher standards. In this way, New Atheism is not a curse, bu... Read More >

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  • Scientism and the New Atheists

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    Scientism and the New Atheists | Ted Davis

    How the New Atheists imperialistically devalue other ways of finding truth. Read More >

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  • Reductionism in New Atheist Thought

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    Reductionism in New Atheist Thought | Ted Davis

    Reductionism often involves not just simplification, but oversimplification; and, it carries a powerful emotional impact, especially when it pertains to human bein... Read More >

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  • Francis Collins and the New Atheists

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    Francis Collins and the New Atheists | Ted Davis

    Well-known New Atheist writers exhibit intolerance of religious beliefs, including the religious beliefs of Christians in the sciences, such as BioLogos Founder Francis Collins. Read More >

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  • Carl Sagan and the Myth of the Medieval Gap

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    Carl Sagan and the Myth of the Medieval Gap | Ted Davis

    By drawing attention to the Myth of the Medieval Gap and other fantasies, Carl Sagan probably did more (unintentionally) to advance historical fiction than anyone since Andrew Dickson... Read More >

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  • Our Favorite Books of 2016

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    Our Favorite Books of 2016 | Ted Davis

    Check out some of our favorite books we read in 2016! Read More >

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  • Science, Religion and the New Atheism: Introduction

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    Science, Religion and the New Atheism: Introduction | Ted Davis

    Stephen Snobelen discusses and critiques the New Atheists and the Conflict Thesis, or the view “that there is an essential conflict between science and religion.” Read More >

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  • Darwin’s Critics: Then and Now

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    Darwin’s Critics: Then and Now | Ted Davis

    A discussion of some major objections to Charles Darwin's theory at the time of its conception and brief comments about how those objections have fared since. Read More >

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  • Darwin, Evolution, and God

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    Darwin, Evolution, and God | Ted Davis

    Contrary to what is often said, Darwin’s theory of evolution wasn’t atheistic. It was all about creation by natural laws. Read More >

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  • The Evolution of Darwin’s Religious Faith

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    The Evolution of Darwin’s Religious Faith | Ted Davis

    Was Charles Darwin an atheist, a Christian, or something in-between? Well, it's difficult to say definitively; Darwin’s personal religious journey was complicated. Read More >

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  • Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the Beagle

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    Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the Beagle | Ted Davis

    What really made Darwin a scientist was an unpaid, five-year internship on a naval vessel. Read More >

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  • Charles Darwin Goes to College

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    Charles Darwin Goes to College | Ted Davis

    How did Darwin’s student days influence his later work? Read More >

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  • The Bible, Rocks, and Time: Christians and an Old Earth (Part 2)

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    The Bible, Rocks, and Time: Christians and an Old Earth (Part 2) | Ted Davis

    Young-Earth creationist organizations, including Answers In Genesis, are making claims that should be unacceptable within the church—because they have been shown to be false. Read More >

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  • The Bible, Rocks, and Time: Christians and an Old Earth (Part 1)

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    The Bible, Rocks, and Time: Christians and an Old Earth (Part 1) | Ted Davis

    Davis Young and Ralph Stearley discuss the historical development of Young-Earth Creationism and its relationship with science, especially mainstream views of sedimentary rock and the... Read More >

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  • Flooding the World with Creationism

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    Flooding the World with Creationism | Ted Davis

    Noah’s ark is important to the young-earth perspective because it is central to their anti-evolution narrative, which derives from Seventh-day Adventist sources from the early t... Read More >

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  • Religion and Science in Darwin’s Family

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    Religion and Science in Darwin’s Family | Ted Davis

    Darwin's theories were heavily influenced by the political, religious, and economic debates of his times.  Read More >

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  • The Quest for the Historical Adam: A New Book by William VanDoodewaard

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    The Quest for the Historical Adam: A New Book by William VanDoodewaard | Ted Davis

    When it comes to evaluating the history of how Christians have interpreted Genesis, it's important to see the big picture, and see it accurately. Unfortunately, a new book on the subj... Read More >

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  • In the Big Inning

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    In the Big Inning | Ted Davis

    Ted Davis, the baseball poet.  Read More >

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  • Reviewing #Creatorgate: Is God a Scientific Proposition?

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    Reviewing #Creatorgate: Is God a Scientific Proposition? | Ted Davis

    If it’s fair game for a scientist to say that science means God (or some other god), then it’s just as fair for another scientist to say that science means no God.  ... Read More >

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  • Creation and Evolution Before the Civil War

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    Creation and Evolution Before the Civil War | Ted Davis

    Edward Hitchcock’s ideas about creation and evolution before the Civil War shaped American religious thought until the Space Race. Read More >

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  • The Religion of Geology: Edward Hitchcock on Natural Theology

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    The Religion of Geology: Edward Hitchcock on Natural Theology | Ted Davis

    Decades before the Civil War, a pious Christian geologist showed how the gradual development of an ancient earth enhances our conception of God. Read More >

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  • Tracking Dinosaurs and Finding God

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    Tracking Dinosaurs and Finding God | Ted Davis

    The first scientist to study dinosaur footprints, Edward Hitchcock, was a devout Christian whose story echoes our own times.  Read More >

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  • Intelligent Design on Trial

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    Intelligent Design on Trial | Ted Davis

    Ted Davis reflects on the most important science/faith trial since the Scopes "monkey" trial—Kitzmiller v. Dover. Read More >

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  • Genesis and Geology at Yale: The “Days” of Creation

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    Genesis and Geology at Yale: The “Days” of Creation | Ted Davis

    Questions about interpreting the “days” of creation are just like the creation itself—a lot older than you might think. Read More >

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  • Genesis and Geology at Yale: Human Antiquity and the Flood

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    Genesis and Geology at Yale: Human Antiquity and the Flood | Ted Davis

    The first proponent of “Progressive Creation” in the United States, Benjamin Silliman, was also a staunch defender of Noah’s flood and the recent origin of humans. ... Read More >

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  • Creating “Progressive Creationism” in America

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    Creating “Progressive Creationism” in America | Ted Davis

    Long before Darwin, American Christians believed in “progressive creation,” the idea that God created living things progressively, through the geological ages, rather than... Read More >

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  • The Dean of American Science

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    The Dean of American Science | Ted Davis

    The most influential scientist in the United States before the Civil War was an evangelical Christian: Benjamin Silliman.   Read More >

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  • Here’s What’s Not Going on with BioLogos

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    Here’s What’s Not Going on with BioLogos | Ted Davis

    Cornelius Hunter’s claim that BioLogos advances the “Warfare Thesis” between science and religion is wholly unfounded. Read More >

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  • Science Versus God in Tennessee: Has Anything Really Changed?

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    Science Versus God in Tennessee: Has Anything Really Changed? | Ted Davis

    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? Read More >

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  • The Romance of Natural History

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    The Romance of Natural History | Ted Davis

    As practitioners of the emerging science of geology dug up previously unknown creatures of enormous size, readers of their work responded with a mix of fascination and anxiety. Read More >

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  • Americans Discover Deep Time

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    Americans Discover Deep Time | Ted Davis

        The story of Cotton Mather teaches that it is good for us all to keep alive the role of both divine and human communication when engaged in science. Read More >

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  • The Puritan Vision for American Science

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    The Puritan Vision for American Science | Ted Davis

    According to Puritan Cotton Mather, the Christian philosopher was to read the “book of nature” as a preamble to the “book of Scripture.” Read More >

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  • Bacon for Breakfast: Religion and Science in Antebellum America

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    Bacon for Breakfast: Religion and Science in Antebellum America | Ted Davis

    Americans largely took a concordist approach to Scripture until the beginning of the Civil War, at which point Americans were confronted with Darwinian ideas that brought new challeng... Read More >

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  • “Theistically Guided” Evolution as God’s Incarnational Work

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    “Theistically Guided” Evolution as God’s Incarnational Work | Ted Davis

    The vitality of religions in general, not just Christianity, depends on the claim that the human problem is at least in part “spiritual,” not merely physical or cultural.&... Read More >

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

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

    While it's true that we should avoid God-of-the-gaps thinking, as Newton's work shows, this does not mean that belief in God is unhelpful, toxic, or irrelevant to science. Read More >

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  • C. S. Lewis and Others: Non-Literal Views of Adam and Eve

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    C. S. Lewis and Others: Non-Literal Views of Adam and Eve | Ted Davis

    The vitality of religions in general, not just Christianity, depends on the claim that the human problem is at least in part “spiritual,” not merely physical or cultural. Read More >

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  • Adam as “Everyman”

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    Adam as “Everyman” | Ted Davis

    Part 8 of the series "Evolution and Original Sin, by Robin Collins" Read More >

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  • Paul and the Fall: What About Adam?

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    Paul and the Fall: What About Adam? | Ted Davis

    Part 6 of the series "Evolution and Original Sin, by Robin Collins" Read More >

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  • The Historical-Ideal View of Adam & Eve

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    The Historical-Ideal View of Adam & Eve | Ted Davis

    Professor Robin Collins fleshes out his “historical/ideal” view of Adam and Eve. Read More >

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  • Evolution and Original Sin by Robin Collins: Introduction

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    Evolution and Original Sin by Robin Collins: Introduction | Ted Davis

    How can evolution be held alongside the doctrine of original sin? With expertise in both philosophy of religion and philosophy of science, Robin Collins is especially qualified t... Read More >

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

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

    John Polkinghorne reminds us of the joyous fact that the Christian God is a God of hope—a hope that transcends this world, that goes beyond what science alone can tell us about ... Read More >

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  • Why Evolution Debates Don’t Matter

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    Why Evolution Debates Don’t Matter | Ted Davis

    The 1930 showdown between evolutionist Schmucker and creationist Rimmer generated a lot of heat but shed very little light on the real issues behind the debate. Read More >

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  • Through Science to God: Eugenics as Religion

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    Through Science to God: Eugenics as Religion | Ted Davis

    Ted Davis traces the interesting history of Christians using evolutionary science to justify un-Christian views, and suggests a better relationship between science and Christian faith... Read More >

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  • Just the Facts, Ma’am: Creationism’s “Dragnet” View of Science

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    Just the Facts, Ma’am: Creationism’s “Dragnet” View of Science | Ted Davis

    “Proponents of common sense realism sometimes see [evolutionary] ideas, which lie at the core of all branches of modern science, as wholly unjustified speculations." Read More >

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  • Harry Rimmer’s Rough Start: The Story of a Feisty Antievolutionist

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    Harry Rimmer’s Rough Start: The Story of a Feisty Antievolutionist | Ted Davis

    Like today’s creationists, Rimmer had a special burden for students. Like most fundamentalists then and now, he saw high schools, colleges and universities as hotbeds of religio... Read More >

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  • The Boxer and the Biologist

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    The Boxer and the Biologist | Ted Davis

    The boxer (Rimmer) and the biologist (Schmucker) presented a sharp contrast to the audience: a pugilistic, self-educated fundamentalist evangelist against a suave, sophisticated scien... Read More >

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  • Easter for the Universe

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    Easter for the Universe | Ted Davis

    Creation is not simply a thing but rather a whole course of natural and historical events in which new things happen every day, a course of events which is bound by its finite future.... Read More >

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  • Doubting Thomas (Aquinas)

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    Doubting Thomas (Aquinas) | Ted Davis

        Once we have placed God in the causal chain, there is no escape from the inevitable question: what caused God? Read More >

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  • Peters Against the Process Theologians: Did God Really Create the Cosmos?

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    Peters Against the Process Theologians: Did God Really Create the Cosmos? | Ted Davis

        Why are we so quick to give up the idea of an initial origin? Or, to put it more precisely, why does a temporal beginning seem to be so expendable when explicating o... Read More >

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  • Is Creation from Nothing Obsolete?

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    Is Creation from Nothing Obsolete? | Ted Davis

    We must ask: does creatio ex nihilo help make the Gospel intelligible today? It is my own position that it does. However, not everyone agrees. Read More >

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  • It All Started with a Bang

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    It All Started with a Bang | Ted Davis

    What we can say is this: the universe as we know it has not always existed in the past. It has come to be. Discussions of creatio ex nihilo make sense. Read More >

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  • What Does Creation from Nothing Really Mean?

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    What Does Creation from Nothing Really Mean? | Ted Davis

        The upshot of this is that creator and created are not the same thing. More importantly, what is created is fully dependent upon its creator. The cosmos is not ontol... Read More >

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  • Creation Out of Nothing

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    Creation Out of Nothing | Ted Davis

    The key point of continuity between redemption and creation is the idea that the future can be different from the past. More abstractly put, God does new things. Read More >

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  • On Creating the Cosmos

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    On Creating the Cosmos | Ted Davis

    Ted Davis discusses Ted Peters’s affirmation of the central Christian doctrine of creation from nothing and presents edited excerpts from Peters's classic essay, “On Creat... Read More >

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  • Robert Boyle Speaks to Modern Christians

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    Robert Boyle Speaks to Modern Christians | Ted Davis

    What does it really tell us, to say that “nature abhors a vacuum” or that “nature does nothing in vain?”  Read More >

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  • The Christian Virtuoso

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    The Christian Virtuoso | Ted Davis

        Posthumous portrait of Boyle from the early eighteenth century, attributed to Jonathan Richardson, Royal Society of Chemistry, London. When we hear the word ... Read More >

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  • Ham on Nye: Our Take

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    Ham on Nye: Our Take | Ted Davis

    So who won? How did it go? Our response to the debate is not a blow-by-blow of the arguments made but rather a series of “big picture” reflections by BioLogos scholars. Read More >

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  • Did God Have Any Choice When He Made the World?

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    Did God Have Any Choice When He Made the World? | Ted Davis

    Theological ideas about divine freedom and human reason were important reasons for adopting an intellectually modest, empirical approach to nature during the Scientific Revolution.&nb... Read More >

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  • The Father of Intelligent Design

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    The Father of Intelligent Design | Ted Davis

    There was no better way, in Boyle’s opinion, to “give us so great a Wonder and Veneration” for God’s wisdom, than by the exquisitely fashioned parts of animals... Read More >

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  • Robert Boyle’s Clockwork Universe

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    Robert Boyle’s Clockwork Universe | Ted Davis

      “What did he think of the Greek notion of nature? Simply put, Boyle believed it was inappropriate—both theologically and scientifically—to speak of “... Read More >

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  • Debating Darwin—How the Church Responded to the Evolution Bombshell

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    Debating Darwin—How the Church Responded to the Evolution Bombshell | Ted Davis

        Where many scholars in previous generations simply assumed that Christianity and science have always been in conflict...recent scholarship has decisively debunked th... Read More >

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  • Nature Abhors a Vacuum—and Boyle Abhors “Nature”

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    Nature Abhors a Vacuum—and Boyle Abhors “Nature” | Ted Davis

    During the Scientific Revolution, no idea was more influential—or more important for the future of science—than the “mechanical philosophy.”    Read More >

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  • Science as Christian Vocation

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    Science as Christian Vocation | Ted Davis

    Clearly, Boyle found himself enraptured by his first experiences in the laboratory, and just as clearly he viewed his activities simultaneously in theological terms. &nbs... Read More >

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  • With Charity to All

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    With Charity to All | Ted Davis

    “…why a man should be hanged, because it has not yet pleased God to give him his spirit, I confess, I am yet to understand." Read More >

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  • The Heart of a Great Scientist

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    The Heart of a Great Scientist | Ted Davis

        Christian love is no less evident in Boyle’s attitude toward individual persons in ordinary discourse.  Read More >

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  • Belief in God in an Age of Science: John Polkinghorne, Part 4

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    Belief in God in an Age of Science: John Polkinghorne, Part 4 | Ted Davis

    It is precisely the recognition of the qualities of elegance, economy and naturalness which solves the problem of the under-determination of theory by experiment. Read More >

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  • Belief in God in an Age of Science: John Polkinghorne, Part 3

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    Belief in God in an Age of Science: John Polkinghorne, Part 3 | Ted Davis

    The gift of Love must be the gift of freedom, the gift of a degree of letting-be. This can be expected to be true of all creatures to the extent that is appropriate to their character... Read More >

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  • Belief in God in an Age of Science: John Polkinghorne, Part 2

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    Belief in God in an Age of Science: John Polkinghorne, Part 2 | Ted Davis

    Science rejoices in the rational accessibility of the physical world, but it is unable to offer any reason why these laws take the particular (anthropically fruitful) form that they d... Read More >

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  • Belief in God in an Age of Science: John Polkinghorne, Part 1

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    Belief in God in an Age of Science: John Polkinghorne, Part 1 | Ted Davis

    The world is not full of items stamped “made by God”—the Creator is more subtle than that—but there are two locations where hints of the divine presence might ... Read More >

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  • Motivated Belief: John Polkinghorne on the Resurrection, Part 4

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    Motivated Belief: John Polkinghorne on the Resurrection, Part 4 | Ted Davis

    I believe that when the truth of Christianity is under consideration in the context of science, it is with these issues relating to the resurrection that the discussion needs to begin... Read More >

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  • Motivated Belief: John Polkinghorne on the Resurrection, Part 3

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    Motivated Belief: John Polkinghorne on the Resurrection, Part 3 | Ted Davis

    The real problem of belief in miracle is properly a theological issue, not a scientific one, since claims of unique historical occurrences lie outside science’s competence to ad... Read More >

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  • Motivated Belief: John Polkinghorne on the Resurrection, Part 2

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    Motivated Belief: John Polkinghorne on the Resurrection, Part 2 | Ted Davis

    Recent high-profile attacks on religious belief by some scientists have made much play of depicting believers as if they were simple-minded fideists of an anti-intellectual mindset.&n... Read More >

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  • Motivated Belief: John Polkinghorne on the Resurrection, Part 1

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    Motivated Belief: John Polkinghorne on the Resurrection, Part 1 | Ted Davis

    No one can avoid some degree of intellectual precariousness, and there is a consequent need for a degree of cautious daring in the quest for truth. Read More >

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  • Searching for Motivated Belief: Understanding John Polkinghorne, Part 1

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    Searching for Motivated Belief: Understanding John Polkinghorne, Part 1 | Ted Davis

    Since science cannot provide the answers, [the New Atheists] proclaim, the questions themselves are meaningless; therefore, our efforts to answer them cannot produce evidence... Read More >

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  • Searching for Motivated Belief: Introducing John Polkinghorne

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    Searching for Motivated Belief: Introducing John Polkinghorne | Ted Davis

    On the life and work of John Polkinghorne, including his understanding of scientific and religious knowledge, approach to natural theology, theology of nature, and view of the Resurre... Read More >

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  • Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 5

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    Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 5 | Ted Davis

    As we’ve already seen, ID is a “philosophical critique of the explanatory efficacy of Darwinian evolution”, not an alternative “theory of everything.”&nb... Read More >

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  • Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 4

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    Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 4 | Ted Davis

    Our discussion of Intelligent Design resumes with some conclusions we might draw about it. Read More >

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  • Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 3

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    Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 3 | Ted Davis

    Is methodological naturalism equivalent to atheism? That’s the rock bottom question here, and there is no consensus—neither among Christians nor even among atheists, for t... Read More >

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  • Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 2

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    Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 2 | Ted Davis

    Consider 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 selecti... Read More >

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  • Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 1

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    Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 1 | Ted Davis

    Ted Davis presents four core tenets of Intelligent Design, discusses some conclusions that follow from these assumptions, and offers an overview of Intelligent Design's hist... Read More >

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  • Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 5

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    Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 5 | Ted Davis

    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... Read More >

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  • Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 4

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    Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 4 | Ted Davis

    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 “impl... Read More >

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  • Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 3

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    Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 3 | Ted Davis

    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 committe... Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 14 of 22
  • Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 2

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    Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 2 | Ted Davis

    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... Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 13 of 22
  • Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 1

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    Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 1 | Ted Davis

    Ted Davis presents five core tenets of Theistic Evolution, discusses some conclusions that follow from these assumptions, and offers an overview of Theistic Evolution's history. Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 12 of 22
  • Science and the Bible: The Framework View

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    Science and the Bible: The Framework View | Ted Davis

    The bottom line for the Framework View is that if you don’t know anything about literature and culture in the Ancient Near East, you won’t understand what Genesis is ... Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 11 of 22
  • Science and the Bible: Concordism, Part 3

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    Science and the Bible: Concordism, Part 3 | Ted Davis

    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 we... Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 10 of 22
  • Science and the Bible: Concordism, Part 2

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    Science and the Bible: Concordism, Part 2 | Ted Davis

    Concordists usually seem to be writing with one eye on YEC readers. Hugh Ross, an outspoken advocate of the day-age view...is probably the most obvious example of such an author today... Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 9 of 22
  • Science and the Bible: Concordism, Part 1

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    Science and the Bible: Concordism, Part 1 | Ted Davis

    Ted Davis offers an overview of four core tenets of Concordism, discusses the conclusions that follow from these assumptions, and presents a short history of Concordism. Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 8 of 22
  • Science and the Bible: Scientific Creationism, Part 2

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    Science and the Bible: Scientific Creationism, Part 2 | Ted Davis

    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. Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 7 of 22
  • Science and the Bible: Scientific Creationism, Part 1

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    Science and the Bible: Scientific Creationism, Part 1 | Ted Davis

    Ted Davis offers an overview of five core tenets of Scientific Creationism, discusses conclusions that follow from those assumptions, and presents a short history of modern creationis... Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 6 of 22
  • Galileo and Other Good Books about Science and the Bible

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    Galileo and Other Good Books about Science and the Bible | Ted Davis

    Inspired by Augustine, Galileo cautioned Christians against reading the Bible as a science book, since it employs popular language to communicate to its audiences, a notion known as &... Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 3 of 22
  • Science and the Bible: Five Attitudes & Approaches

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    Science and the Bible: Five Attitudes & Approaches | Ted Davis

    If you’re reading this, you already have an interest in how science relates to the Bible. Judging from the large amount of literature devoted to that topic, you aren’t alo... Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 2 of 22
  • Introducing Ted Davis

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    Introducing Ted Davis | Ted Davis

    An introduction to the life and work of BioLogos Fellow Ted Davis.  Read More >

    Basics PART 1 of 22
  • Christianity and Science in Historical Perspective, Part 3

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    Christianity and Science in Historical Perspective, Part 3 | Ted Davis

        God is free to create in ways that cannot be predicted, so we should not be astonished that nature sometimes does astonishing things. Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 3 of 3
  • Christianity and Science in Historical Perspective, Part 2

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    Christianity and Science in Historical Perspective, Part 2 | Ted Davis

        Contrary to what is often said or implied, Copernicus had full freedom to pursue his ideas while working for the church and was even encouraged to publish them. Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 2 of 3
  • An Obituary for the “Warfare” View of Science and Religion

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

    The people who actually lived through the events very often saw things quite differently from the ways in which we've usually been told they saw them, or must have seen them.   Read More >