Why Christianity is Good for Science
Ted Davis, BioLogos
Dr. Ted Davis serves as the director of the Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science. Co-editor of The Works of Robert Boyle, 14 vols. (London: Pickering & Chatto, 1999-2000) and author of dozens of articles and essays on Christianity and science, he is currently working on a project that considers the religious beliefs of American scientists in the historical period between the world wars. He writes, “Overall, my scholarly work aims to debunk the now-common view that the history of science and Christianity is one of ongoing, inevitable conflict—with science winning a bitter war against religion... Not only do I try to dismantle that myth, I do what I can to help replace it with more accurate historical work.” Much of his research concerns the intersection of the Scientific Revolution and modern America.
Historians often narrate the relationship between science and religion as an ongoing struggle, and the scientific discoveries of recent centuries have caused many to doubt the verity of religious belief. But are science and religion actually in conflict? What if they are simply two ways of knowing, describing the same ultimate reality through different methods? When considered thoughtfully, one may discover that there is actually deep concord between science and religion.