Saturday, January 20, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lectures on Christianity and Science in Historical Perspective by Dr. Edward B. Davis, Distinguished Professor of the History of Science, Messiah College
15am | Why History Matters
The myth of ongoing, inevitable conflict between science and Christianity remains prevalent, despite the fact that historical scholarship has thoroughly discredited it. In this lecture, Dr. Davis shows how and why this myth arose in the United States after the Civil War. He also explains the criticisms of modern historians, closing with a famous example: the false story of Columbus and the flat earth, which Washington Irving promoted as a form of anti-Catholic propaganda.
10:15-10:30am | Refreshment break
45am | Why Christianity is Good for Science
A vocal group of contemporary scientists and others known as the "New Atheists" pit reason versus religion, fact versus faith, and science versus Christianity. This talk responds directly to that attitude. Drawing on information and insights from the history and philosophy of science, I will argue that Christian faith actually complements the picture of the world coming from the sciences, helping us to achieve a deeper understanding of both the way the world is and how we should go about understanding it, while providing a powerful motive for investigating nature.