Where the Conflict Really Lies Science, Religion, and Naturalism

ISBN-10: 0199812098

ISBN-13: 9780199812097

Edition: 2011

Authors: Alvin Plantinga

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A long-awaited major statement by pre-eminent analytic philosopher Alvin Plantinga,Where the Conflict Really Liesilluminates one of our biggest debates--the conflict between science and religion. Plantinga examines where this conflict is said to exist--looking at areas such as evolution, divine action in the world, and the scientific study of religion--and considers claims by Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, and Philip Kitcher that evolution and theistic belief cannot co-exist. He makes a case that their arguments are not only inconclusive, but that the supposed conflicts themselves are superficial, due to the methodological naturalism used by science. On the other hand, science can actually offer support to theistic doctrines--for instance, some versions or interpretations of quantum mechanics provide useful models for divine action. He goes on to outline the deep and massive consonance between theism and the entire scientific enterprise. In the last chapter, Plantinga argues that one can't rationally or sensibly accept both current evolutionary theory and naturalism, the thought that there is no such person as God or anything like God. The book concludes that there is superficial conflict but deep concord between science and religion, in particular theistic religion, and superficial concord but deep conflict between naturalism and religion.
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/9/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Preface
Alleged Conflict
Evolution and Christian Belief (1)
Preliminaries
Dawkins
Evolution and Christian Belief (2)
Dennett s Argument
Draper's Argument
Why Do People Doubt Evolution?
Kitcher s "Enlightenment Case"
Divine Action in the World: The Old Picture
The Problem
The Old Picture
The New Picture
Quantum Mechanics
What is the Problem with "Intervention"?
What is Intervention?
Intervention and Divine Action at the Quantum Level
A Couple of Other Alleged Conflicts
Superficial Conflict
Evolutionary Psychology and Scripture Scholarship
Evolutionary Psychology
Historical Biblical Criticism
Defeaters?
Defeaters and Their Nature
Evidence Base
Methodological Naturalism
Is Simonian Science a Defeater for Christian Belief?
Faith and Reason
Can Religious Beliefs be Defeated?
The Reduction Test
The New Picture
Quantum Mechanics
What is the Problem with "Intervention"?
What is Intervention?
Intervention and Divine Action at the Quantum Level
A Couple of Other Alleged Conflicts
Superficial Conflict
Evolutionary Psychology and Scripture Scholarship
Evolutionary Psychology
Evolutionary Psychology and Religion
Historical Biblical Criticism
Defeaters?
Defeaters and Their Nature
Evidence Base
Methodological Naturalism
Is Simonian Science a Defeater for Christian Belief?
Faith and Reason
Can Religious Beliefs be Defeated?
The Reduction Test
Concord
Fine-Tuning
Fine-Tuning
Objections
Design Discourse
Michael Behe and Biological Arguments
Perceiving Design?
Design Argument vs. Design Discourse
The Difference it Makes
Deep Concord: Christian Theism and the Deep Roots of Science
Science and the Divine Image
Reliability and Regularity
Law
Mathematics
Induction and Learning from Experience
Simplicity and Other Theoretical Virtues
Contingency and Science as Empirical
Deep Conflict
The Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism
Superficial Concord
Deep Conflict
The Argument
The First Premise: Darwin's Doubt
The Argument for Premise (1)
The Remaining Premises
Two Concluding Comments
Index
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