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Zoom meeting: Ted Davis on why Christianity is good for science

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At the Graduate Theological Union November 10, 2020, 5pm (PST):

“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, Dr. Davis 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. The Christian doctrine of creation help us to understand more of reality than science alone can study—including the very possibility of science itself as a form of knowledge about nature.”

Views & Attitudes, “ONLINE: Why Christianity is Good for Science” at BioLogos

If you don;t reckon you can make that one, here’s a talk he gave in 2018, with the same titkle. Probably some good stuff here too:

One Reply to “Zoom meeting: Ted Davis on why Christianity is good for science

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    bornagain77 says:

    Isn’t Ted Davis a Theistic Evolutionist who sometimes writes for BioLogos? And who, in the past, has also argued against Intelligent Design being considered a proper science?

    Ted Davis
    Author, BioLogos Advisory Council, BioLogos Voices

    Intelligent Design: What is in a name? – by Ted Davis – October 24, 2012
    Excerpt: However, Compton regarded design as a philosophical and theological inference from science, not an explanation within science to be invoked when other explanations fail. He also accepted the common ancestry of humans and other organisms. This is a significant difference from the ID movement today, which offers ID as a scientific alternative to Darwinian evolution and (at least in many cases) seeks to undermine public confidence in common ancestry (even though ID per seis not actually opposed to it).,,,
    Many other contemporary writers, including some evangelical TEs, are also reluctant to use the word “design,” precisely because in their view it has been co-opted by ID proponents and they do not want readers to misunderstand their position(s). They may agree with ID proponents that certain features of the universe reflect divine design, but because they do not see design as a scientific explanation they employ other language.,,,

    To put it mildly, Theistic Evolution and Intelligent Design are not happy bedfellows,

    Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique – Hardcover – Illustrated, November 30, 2017
    Description: Many prominent Christians insist that the church must yield to contemporary evolutionary theory and therefore modify traditional biblical ideas about the creation of life. They argue that God used?albeit in an undetectable way?evolutionary mechanisms to produce all forms of life. Featuring two dozen highly credentialed scientists, philosophers, and theologians from Europe and North America, this volume contests this proposal, documenting evidential, logical, and theological problems with theistic evolution?making it the most comprehensive critique of theistic evolution yet produced.

    The Warfare Thesis and BioLogos – Cornelius Hunter – August 7, 2015
    Excerpt: BioLogos is not merely pointing out some particular, current examples of religious resistance to science. Instead, BioLogos fits precisely into, yes, the Warfare Thesis.
    BioLogos advocates the spontaneous origins of the world (i.e., evolution according to chance plus natural law), claims that this evolutionary conviction is a compelling, empirical scientific conclusion, and then accuses skeptical Christians of using their religion to oppose science. This is precisely the argument of the Warfare Thesis. And like earlier Warfare Thesis proponents, they (i) appeal to Galileo, as though that brings some justification and (ii) seek a “harmonization” in which today’s Epicureanism determines the facts, and skepticism is demoted to mere feeling and faith. Where it counts, this is no different than yesterday’s Warfare Thesis.
    But in fact evolutionary thought is soaking in religious influence. Theological proofs are what motivate and justify evolutionary thought—they are at its foundation. Evolutionists, from the seventeenth century to today, have made that abundantly clear. And they use the Warfare Thesis claim the high ground of science and blame the other guy for what they do.,,,

    Theology at BioLogos: The Curious Case of the “Wesleyan Maneuver” – Part 3
    Excerpt: So what we have had in the leadership and the columns at BioLogos is a theologically skewed segment of American evangelical Christianity, with Calvinism grossly underrepresented, and Wesleyanism grossly overrepresented.
    To summarize what I’ve said so far: BioLogos has an “Arminian” emphasis on human freedom, which, without explanation of any kind, it extrapolates to produce the notion of a “freedom” of nature; and this “freedom of nature” theology, while not formally labelled by Venema, is labelled generally by BioLogos as “Wesleyan.” It is for this reason that I have called the climax of Venema’s performance “the Wesleyan Maneuver.”

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