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Teaching Science, Philosophy and Belief

China Values and Virtues


Edward B. DavisEdward B. Davis, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of the History of Science,
Messiah College

Professor Davis teaches courses on historical and contemporary aspects of science and religion. Davis did his doctoral work in History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University, where his mentor was the late Richard S. Westfall, author of the definitive biography of Isaac Newton. Davis is best known for studies of the English chemist Robert Boyle. With Michael Hunter, Davis edited The Works of Robert Boyle, 14 vols. (Pickering & Chatto, 1999-2000), and a separate edition of Boyle’s influential book, A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature (Cambridge University Press, 1996). He has also written numerous articles about the interplay of theology and science during the scientific revolution. His current research, supported by the National Science Foundation and the John Templeton Foundation, examines the religious lives and beliefs of prominent American scientists from the early Twentieth Century. An article about this project was published by American Scientist in May-June 2005; several other articles have also come out of this project, including studies of Nobel laureates Robert Millikan and Arthur Holly Compton. Davis has lectured at many foreign universities, including Wuhan University and Fudan University.


Robin CollinsRobin Collins, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy,
Messiah College

Professor Collins earned his Ph. D. at the University of Notre Dame. Besides his training in philosophy, he has two years of graduate level training in theoretical physics and has written over twenty-six articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics at the intersection between philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, and philosophy of religion. These include such topics as philosophical issues in quantum physics, evolution and divine action, mind and body, and the fine-tuning of the cosmos. Some of his most recent articles are “Philosophy of Science and Religion” in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science, “The Multiverse Hypothesis: A Theistic Perspective,” in Universe or Multiverse? (Cambridge University Press), “Divine Action and Evolution” in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology, “Modern Physics and the Energy-Conservation Objection to Mind-Body Dualism,” in theAmerican Philosophical Quarterly, and “The Teleological Argument: An Exploration of the Fine-Tuning of the Universe,” in The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology. Robin has spoken on these topics to both philosophers and scientists throughout the world, including at Stanford University, Yale University, the University of Milan, and most recently Oxford University. Further, his work on fine-tuning appears in most current Philosophy of Religion texts that are used in undergraduate philosophy classes throughout the United States; and in popular venues such as an episode of Robert Kuhn’s “Closer to the Truth,” which aired on the Public Broadcasting Network (PBS) in the fall of 2008. His work has also been translated into Spanish (as part of a book on cosmic fine-tuning), Russian (for the Russian Academy of Science), and Chinese (as part of the most used textbook on Philosophy of Religion in China). With grant support from the John Templeton Foundation, he is completing a book on God and cosmic fine-tuning tentatively entitled The Well-Tempered Universe: God, Cosmic Fine-tuning, and the Laws of Nature.


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Date & Location

June 27-July 22, 2011

Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI USA

Application Deadline

January 21, 2011

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