PDF | On May 1, , Maarten Boudry and others published Alvin Plantinga: Where the Conflict Really Lies. Science, Religion and. Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism by Alvin Plantinga. Jim Slagle. Burgemeestersstraat 16/, B‐ Leuven. Plantinga’s book is a semi-popular treatment of the conflicts, real or perceived, between science and religion, broadly construed. Because these disciplines are .

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No such defeater has been found. Science and theism, he claims, support one another: His defense of this claim is divided into two parts, corresponding to the first two parts of the book, which he calls “Alleged Conflict” that is, alleged conflicts that are not genuine and “Superficial Conflict” that is, alleged conflicts that are genuine but only superficial.

Points off for some convoluted and repetitive language. As a result, declarations by Dawkins, Dennett, and others have at least two unhappy results.

There is a point in your faith journey where mathematical and logical intellectual arguments of this nature cease to be interesting, or even relevant, against the knowing fullness of life experiences in Christ. Cosmological awareness beckons mankind to awaken from the stupor of tolerating indecent evils!

The last twenty years has seen a cottage industry of books on this divide, but with little consensus emerging. EAAN seems very strong from first impressions but I still can’t say I really understand it or it’s potential weaknessess. This book is well worth the effort to work through Plantinga’s careful reasoning about these things and gives rea,ly lie to the th stereotypes that place science and faith at war rather than in concord.

If you are comfortable with persuasive arguments beginning with “because we human beings have been created in the image of God,” then read on.

Plantinga argues, among other things, that there is a deep conflict between naturalism the underlying worldview of atheism and science. In fact, in large part because of the importance of the discussion of deep concord in chapter nine and the novelty of the discussion of design discourse in chapter eight, I expect the book to generate considerable secondary literature.


It’s not like he says logic proves the resurrection, or anything like that. Hence these declarations lise incompatibility have unhappy consequences for science itself.

It is in fact the naturalist who has the real problem. In comparison to the abstraction of love, no amount of ciphering is going to bring one into a full knowledge of God.

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

Plantinga can find an editor who will help in the worthy cause of distilling Mr. Plantinga argues that belief in God is just such a basic belief. Yujin Nagasawa Palgrave Macmillan,chap.

Since Plantinga does not want to limit “conflict” to “logical incompatibility,” it seems that he should take this probabilistic argument much more seriously than he does, especially since some structurally similar arguments are judged by him to provide non-negligible support for theism in the part of the book on concord between science and theistic religion.

No trivia or te yet. I know the scientist will say that it is experience and experiment. The book examines where this confli What I do mean to argue is that the naturalist—at any rate a naturalist who accepts evolution—is rationally obliged to give up this assumption.


Hardcoverpages. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In those chapters, he argues that some design arguments — and also the discourse about such arguments — provide non-negligible support for theistic religion.

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

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.


He begins with the areas often thought to be in contradiction, particularly the questions of evolution and pkantinga questions of miracles, and demonstrates that in neither case is there a logical contradiction or Most people think there is a basic antagonism between faith and science that has to be overcome if one is to be both a theist and a scientific practitioner.

The topics at the plantinba of religion, science, and naturalism that Plantinga discusses are: Even using the proven theories of adaptability a change in a complex organism becomes permanent because it can be adapted to other uses does not completely explain the human drive to explore, to build, …to think.

Obviously not everyone agrees on this cknflict the conflicts persist. Bibliographic Information Print publication date: There’s much much more than I could Could science work in a world that was a result of chance? The above is from the concluding post. Not surprisingly, Plantinga spends a good bit of time dealing with biological evolution in Part I of the book, Alleged Conflict.

If nothing else, it ought to be food for thought. Trivia About Where the Conflic Plantinga’s argument is long and detailed, so I hope I did a reqlly decent job of illustrating it here.

Plantinga talks about design discourse rather than reallg argument. Sep 16, Addison rated it did not like it. May 16, Rafal Kustra rated it it was amazing.

Where does Bach and Mozart come in?

Here’s a list of the biggest problems I had plantihga this book: I didn’t read every word of this book, skipping in particular the tiny print sections and footnotes.

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