Why Christianity is Good for Science

with Dr. Ted Davis

The “warfare” narrative has lodged itself in our understanding of the relationship between faith and science. Galileo dragged before the Inquisition, the Scopes Trials, fights over school science curriculum – those are the stories that get traction, inside and outside the church. But, as Dr. Ted Davis argues, the “warfare” narrative is part myth and part propaganda, and almost entirely rejected by modern scholars of the history of science.

More positively, Christianity is Good for Science. That is the subject of Dr. Davis’ talk at the Trinity Fellowship Lecture on October 29th. Christianity and Science complement one another. Dr. Davis suggests the Christian faith fills in the picture of the world coming from the sciences. Christianity, according to Dr. Davis, can help us achieve a deeper understanding of the world and how we should  understand it. Biblical faith offers both a powerful motive for investigating nature and a foundation for the very possibility of scientific knowledge.

Dr. Ted Davis

Dr. Ted Davis is recently retired as Distinguished Professor of the History of Science at Messiah University. He received his B.S. Physics from Drexel University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History & Philosophy of Science from Indiana University. He has studied and written extensively regarding the junction of faith and science, especially during the period of the Scientific Revolution, including biweekly columns for the BioLogos Forum.

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