The Institute for Religion and Science Presents Lecture on “Darwin and Religion” Edward Davis of Messiah College to Speak

Release Date: Friday, January 11, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Edward Davis, Ph.D., professor of the history of science at Messiah College will present the lecture, “Darwin and Religion: Rumors of Warfare in a Post-Darwinian Age” on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Commonwealth Chateau, SugarLoaf campus at Chestnut Hill College. This lecture is sponsored by the Institute for Religion and Science at Chestnut Hill College.


What does Charles Darwin mean for religion? Are Christianity and evolution inevitable foes? Davis will discuss Andrew Dickson White’s famous “warfare” thesis and examine what White actually said, proposing alternative options for genuine science and religion dialogue.


Edward “Ted” Davis received his undergraduate degree in physics from Drexel University and his master’s degree and doctorate in history and philosophy of science from Indiana University. He currently teaches courses on historical and contemporary aspects of Christianity and science at Messiah College and directs the Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science.


Davis is known for his work on Robert Boyle and early modern science. He has written numerous articles for historical and theological journals, and his essay on modern Jonah stories was featured on two radio programs by the British Broadcasting Company. His current research examines the religious beliefs of prominent American scientists from the 1920s.


The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, Ph.D. at 215.248.7197 or