ESN loves to share what likeminded scholars and groups are doing in our Highlighting Community blog feature. Next week at University of Minnesota, historian of science and previous American Scientific Affiliation president Ted Davis will join a forum discussion on faith and science and give a lecture on Galileo and Eden. See below for details. Ted has a busy speaking schedule this spring, including talks in Texas and central PA, so stay tuned for more. For previous interviews with Ted at ESN, see this link.
With almost 80 percent of Americans professing some type of religious faith, it is important to consider how these views interact with science. Can faith somehow support scientific inquiry? Or does faith necessarily clash with the callings of science?
Join us the evening of January 26th for a discussion moderated by University of Minnesota professor Jennifer Alexander. We’ll host Dr. Michael Ruse, a secular philosopher of science from Florida State, and Dr. Ted Davis, a Christian historian of science from Messiah college, to discuss the relationship between science and faith. Organized by Campus Atheists, Skeptics, & Humanists, Anselm House Students, and the Round Table, with the help of many other student groups. More detail here.
Date: Thursday January 26 at 7 pm
Talk by Ted Davis: Galileo and the Garden of Eden: Galileo’s Hermeneutics, Modern Christians, and Natural History
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.