Dr. Edward Davis to Lecture on “Why History Matters: Exposing the Ideological Roots of the ‘Conflict’ Model of Faith and Science”

Dr. Edward B. Davis, Distinguished Professor of the History of Science at Messiah College, will deliver a lecture on “Why History Matters: Exposing the Ideological Roots of the ‘Conflict’ Model of Christianity and Science” on Tuesday, March 19. The lecture will take place in the Naylor Student Center on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

In his lecture, Dr. Davis will confront the common belief that science and Christianity have long been engaged in an ongoing, inevitable conflict. Proponents of this view typically make false historical claims in an effort to prove their case. Dr. Davis will show how and why two nineteenth-century American scholars—chemist John William Draper of NYU and historian Andrew Dickson White, the first president of Cornell University—promoted the historical myth of constant conflict between science and religion. He will also explain why modern scholars have almost entirely rejected it as ideologically motivated propaganda rather than genuine history.

This lecture is free and open to the public. This special Land Center event is presented in partnership with the Charles D. Tandy Institute of Archaeology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.