Ted Davis

Dr. Edward B. (“Ted”) Davis

Professor, Author

Dr. Edward B. (“Ted”) Davis is Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at Messiah University and a Fellow of the International Society for Science & Religion. An expert on historical and contemporary aspects of Christianity and science, Ted has lectured at dozens of universities and seminaries on five continents, served as president of the American Scientific Affiliation, been awarded research grants by The National Science Foundation and the John Templeton Foundation, and been an advisor for exhibits at the National Museum of American History (“Discovery and Revelation,” opened March 2022) and the Museum of the Bible (“Scripture and Science,” forthcoming in 2023). His study of modern Jonah stories was featured on two BBC radio programs.

After earning the BS in physics at Drexel University, Ted taught science and mathematics at a Christian high school in Philadelphia, where he developed a deep interest in Christianity and science. He then completed a Ph.D. in history and philosophy of science at Indiana University, where he was a student of Richard S. Westfall. Best known for studies of the English chemist Robert Boyle, Ted edited (with Michael Hunter) The Works of Robert Boyle and a separate edition of Boyle’s subtle treatise on God, creation, and the mechanical philosophy, A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature. Author of many articles about science and religion during the Scientific Revolution and in modern America, he also edited The Antievolution Pamphlets of Harry Rimmer.