Prof Edward B. DavisProf Edward B. Davis

Professor of the History of Science
Messiah College

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, United States


Edward B. (“Ted”) Davis, a former student of the late Richard S. Westfall at Indiana University, is Professor of the History of Science at Messiah College and Director of The Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science. Best known for studies of Robert Boyle, Dr. Davis edited (with Michael Hunter) The Works of Robert Boyle, 14 vols. (Pickering & Chatto, 1999-2000), and a separate edition of Boyle’s subtle treatise on God, nature, and the mechanical philosophy, A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature (Cambridge University Press, 1996). A former president of the American Scientific Affiliation, he has published dozens of articles about Christianity and science in the Scientific Revolution and modern America, including a study of modern Jonah stories that was featured on two BBC radio programs and an edition of The Antievolution Pamphlets of Harry Rimmer (Garland Publishing, 1995). His current project, supported by the National Science Foundation and the John Templeton Foundation, examines the religious activities and beliefs of prominent American scientists from the period between the two world wars. An article about the larger picture emerging from this work was published in American Scientist (2005), while several separate studies of the religious lives and beliefs of individual scientists, including Nobel laureates Robert Millikan and Arthur Holly Compton, have appeared in various venues.

Dr. Davis lectures and writes widely for both scholarly and popular audiences. A regular speaker at the Pennsylvania Chautauqua in Mt Gretna, he has also been a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Otago in New Zealand and a visiting lecturer at Fudan University and Wuhan University in China; altogether he has spoken at several dozen universities on five continents. Since March 2012 he has been Fellow of the History of Science for the BioLogos Foundation, writing biweekly columns about science and religion. He also serves on an advisory committee for the National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC).

Honoraria Titles

Major Prizes

Religion, Philosophy & History Interests

Christianity-Catholicism, Christianity-Protestantism, History of Science, Theology

Science & Technology Interests

Cosmology, Evolution, Physics



The Works of Robert Boyle, 14 vols.

Pickering & Chatto 1999-2000
Editors:Michael Hunter and Edward B. Davis

Robert Boyle: A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature

Cambridge University Press 1996
Editors:Edward B. Davis and Michael Hunter

The Antievolution Pamphlets of Harry Rimmer

Garland Publishing 1995
Editors:Edward B. Davis

Religion and the Culture of Print in Modern America

University of Wisconsin Press 2008
Editors:Charles L. Cohen and Paul S. Boyer
Pages:175-198: Fundamentalist Cartoons, Modernist Pamphlets, ...

Eminent Lives in Twentieth-Century Science & Religion

Peter Lang 2009
Editors:Nicolaas A. Rupke
Pages:Chapters on Robert Millikan (253-74) & Michael Pupin (295-316)

The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity

Wiley-Blackwell 2012
Editors:J. B. Stump and Alan G. Padgett
Pages:48-60: Science Falsely So Called: Fundamentalism and Science

Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion

Harvard University Press 2010
Editors:Ronald L. Numbers
Pages:115-122: That Isaac Newton's Mechanistic Cosmology Eliminated ... God

Nature and Scripture in the Abrahamic Religions: 1700 Present

Brill 2008
Co-authors: Elizabeth Chmielewski
Editors:Jitse M. van der Meer and Scott Mandelbrote
Pages:Vol. 2, 437-64: Galileo and the Garden of Eden

Altruism and the Administration of the Universe: Kirtley Fletcher Mather on Science and Values

Zygon (2011)

Prophet of Science: Arthur Holly Compton on Science, Freedom, Religion, and Morality

Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith (2009)
Pages:73-83, 175-90, and 240-53 (part 1 of 3)

Robert Boyle's Religious Life, Attitudes, and Vocation

Science & Christian Belief (2007)

Science and Religious Fundamentalism in the 1920s

American Scientist (2005)

Encyclopedia of Science and Religion

Macmillan 2003
Editors:J. Wentzel van Huyssteen
Pages:vol. 1, 123-27: Christianity, History of Science and Religion

Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction

Johns Hopkins University Press 2017
Editors:Gary B. Ferngren
Pages:110-122: Early Modern Protestantism

Robert Boyle Reconsidered

Cambridge University Press 1994
Editors:Michael Hunter
Pages:157-175: "Parcere nominibus": Boyle, Hooke, and ... Descartes

Fundamentalism and Folk Science between the Wars

Religion and American Culture (1995)

The Anonymous Works of Robert Boyle

Journal of the History of Ideas (1994)

God, Man, and Nature: The Problem of Creation in Cartesian Thought

Scottish Journal of Theology (1991)
Pages:325-48, with important errata in next issue

A Whale of a Tale: Fundamentalist Fish Stories

Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith (1991)

Facets of Faith and Science. Volume 3: The Role of Beliefs in the Natural Sciences

University Press of America 1996
Editors:Jitse M. van der Meer
Pages:75-96: Newton's Rejection of the "Newtonian World View"

Evangelicals and Science in Historical Perspective

Oxford University Press 1999
Editors:David N. Livingstone, D. G. Hart, and Mark A. Noll
Pages: 75-95: Christianity and Early Modern Science: The Foster Thesis
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