• Bacon for Breakfast: Religion and Science in Antebellum America

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

    Bacon's vision of science in partnership with biblical religion crucially shaped the ways in which science was presented to American audiences before the Civil War. Read More >

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  • The Puritan Vision for American Science

    | Ted Davis
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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 >

    Going Deeper PART 2 of 17
  • Inoculation and the Evangelical Scientific Method of Cotton Mather

    | Rick Kennedy
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    Inoculation and the Evangelical Scientific Method of Cotton Mather | Rick Kennedy

     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 >

    Going Deeper PART 3 of 17
  • Americans Discover Deep Time

    | Ted Davis
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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 >

    Going Deeper PART 4 of 17
  • The Romance of Natural History

    | Ted Davis
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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 >

    Going Deeper PART 7 of 17
  • The Dean of American Science

    | Ted Davis
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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 >

    Going Deeper PART 8 of 17
  • Creating “Progressive Creationism” in America

    | Ted Davis
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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 >

    Going Deeper PART 9 of 17
  • Genesis and Geology at Yale: Human Antiquity and the Flood

    | Ted Davis
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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 >

    Going Deeper PART 10 of 17
  • Genesis and Geology at Yale: The “Days” of Creation

    | Ted Davis
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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 >

    Going Deeper PART 11 of 17
  • Tracking Dinosaurs and Finding God

    | Ted Davis
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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 >

    Advanced PART 12 of 17
  • The Religion of Geology: Edward Hitchcock on Natural Theology

    | Ted Davis
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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 >

    Advanced PART 13 of 17
  • Creation and Evolution Before the Civil War

    | Ted Davis
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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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