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.
  • Faith and Doubt: Two Sides of the Same Coin

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    Faith and Doubt: Two Sides of the Same Coin

    Boyle’s faith was indeed his own, a product of thoughtful reflection as well as religious experience.   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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  • 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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  • A Celibate Life in a Libertine Age

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    A Celibate Life in a Libertine Age

    We must never venture to wander far from God, upon the Presumption that Death is far enough from us, but rather in the very height of our Jollities, we should endeavour to remember... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Miraculous Meniscus of Mercury

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    The Miraculous Meniscus of Mercury

      . Diagram of Boyle’s barometer, with the mercury standing at 30 inches, from New Experiments and Observations touching Cold(London, 1665). It was in this book ... 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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