BioLogos Voices speaker Ted Davis with give his lecture "Galileo and the Garden of Eden: Galileo's Hermeneutics, Modern Christians, and Natural History" at the University of Alberta. This free public event is presented by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation.
Abstract: "To defend Copernican theory from the charge of being contrary to the Bible, Galileo argued that God’s “two books” of Scripture and nature could be harmonized by recognizing that Scripture is “accommodated” to ordinary human language and ideas, which are not scientific. Galileo’s hermeneutical strategy was widely imitated by scientists and clergy in the nineteenth century to help Christians accept an ancient Earth. Since then, however, American Christians have responded to these hermeneutical strategies in varying ways. This talk analyzes what Galileo said, shows how his arguments were reprised in nineteenth-century arguments about the relationship between natural history and Christianity, and explores the trajectory of these arguments into the present day."
Wednesday, September 20
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
University of Alberta
Central Academic Building (CAB) 243
116 St. & 85 Ave.
Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3
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Before the lecture, please join the Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation for a barbecue from 5:00 PM-6:40 PM at William Hawrelak Park. For more information about the barbecue, please click here.