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Many members of theistic religions believe that God directly acts in the world, for example, by performing miracles.


So while the crucial claims made by evolutionary psychologists and historical biblical critics may very well be probable relative to the evidence base to which evolutionary psychologists and historical biblical critics are restricted, those claims are not probable relative to the evidence base of Christians, which includes the alleged deliverances of the sensus divinitatis as well as a host of alleged truths supposedly revealed to Christians in scripture.

The last twenty years has seen a cottage industry of books on this divide, but with little consensus emerging.

So reading his mature thinking on the relationship between science and religion is truly a pleasure. This book’s author, as a top conlict but also a proponent of the rationality of religious belief, has a unique plantibga to make. These sorts of basic failures of scientific understanding undermine him throughout the text, as anyone with a scientific background should be able to pick out the misrepresentations easily.

In the meantime, you should get the book.

Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism – Oxford Scholarship

To change it, we must cease creating miserable circumstances. Good points though for, like I said, being successful in his argument. It is, of course, difficult for a specialist to judge whether such a goal has been accomplished. He has since returned to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is again teaching at Calvin. Not only do they not exist, but promoting such conflict actually hurts science: This book is aimed entirely at people who already agree with Plantinga’s premise, which begs the question as to why he bothered writing it.

But philosopher Alvin Plantinga wants to go one step farther then saying there is no conflict between science and religion. In the second part of the book Chapters 5 and 6Plantinga turns his attention to genuine conflict.


First, their mistaken claim that religion and evolution are incompatible damages religious belief, making it look less appealing to people who respect reason and science. You may be scribbling quite a few question marks and exclamation points in the margin of your book. Three implications of this definition are worth mentioning. The conflict is about an ‘add-on’ to that theory about whic I’ve been recently reading widely on New Atheists’ version of dis-belief.

In a natural world your desire to get a drink of water is driven by your biological need for water. What Plantinga describes is a religion that may in fact be merely the product of evolutionary development and have only enough value to provide comfort in times of distress, or give us social norms to cling to.

In other words, materialists don’t accept that the whole is more than the sum of it’s parts This book is well worth conflitc effort to work through Plantinga’s careful reasoning about these things and gives the lie to the popular stereotypes that place science and faith at war rather than in concord.

And this brings us to the last section where he shows that the contention that evolutionary naturalism is in fact self-defeating, in that it undercuts the basic idea that we can trust our rational processes by showing them a mere artifact of evolutionary processes–unreliable at best for anything other than survival.

A defeater is something that would prove such beliefs wrong. If we believe in causality, we must believe that the Kingdom of God is available to us, whenever we choose to welcome it in. It’s main thesis is that evolution does not conflict with religion because the process of macroevolution has no theological conflicts with scripture, and billions of years are no problem.

One thing to note though is that this book rea,ly a fairly mild defense of theism it primarily seeks to show merely that theism isn’t incompatible with science – for more trenchant arguments decisively for theism Pplantinga recommend people like William Lane Craig. Lewis called “mere Christianity,” and crucially includes in this definition, not just the doctrine that human beings are created in God’s image, but an interpretation of that doctrine according to which it implies that humans resemble God by virtue of being persons who can understand and know things about ourselves, the world, and God.


Misery is largely the result of human creation through abuse, hoarding, greed, torture, slavery, environmental destruction, rudeness, etc. I guess my dislike of the book centered around This is a very difficult read and one that I found mostly excruciating. I might be more inclined to agree with this if my exposure to discourse about the nature and history of life on earth were limited to books and articles written by advocates of intelligent design.

Plantinga on Where the Conflict Really Lies | Evolution News

Plantinga, as a top philosopher but also a proponent of the rationality of religious bel This book is a long-awaited major statement by a pre-eminent analytic philosopher, Alvin Plantinga, on one of our biggest debates — the compatibility of science and religion.

Overall, a good book. Apr 09, Nicholas Robison rated it liked it.

Plantinga carefully works this out over pages. So Plantinga really shouldn’t state his fourth sub-thesis the way he does. In defense of this premise, he claims that the evidence base of Christians is reallly than the evidence base to which scientists, because of their methodological naturalism, are restricted.

And his flawed understanding of evolutionary theory often sounds much too close to the picture “social” Darwinists use, seeing it too simply that every trait must be adaptive when so often they are vestigial or transformed from earlier links in the chain. Excellent book, and well worth reading.

Plantinga is one of a small group of Christian analytic philosophers who emerged on the scene in the late s and became more influential over the years. Jan 17, Lood rated it it was amazing.

Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism

Of course, naturalists routinely assert such concord. See, even science is proving that mine is the only valid truth. The book argues that we might think about arguments in science and religion in a new way—as different forms of discourse that try to persuade people to look at questions from a perspective such wherw they can see that something is true.

Some mild familiarity with technical language and formal language is helpful, but for the most part, Plantinga is very clear.