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Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism Hardcover – December 9, 2011
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"His thesis is both controversial and straightforward...His arguments are clear, forceful, and often compelling... The result is a feisty and formidable work, one that deserves a broad reception and careful evaluation." --Trinity Journal
"Where the Conflict Really Lies is an ambitious volume.... A careful reading repays the reader with insights developed by one of the sharpest minds in the conversation."--Karl W. Giberson, The Christian Century
"Recommended for readers seeking a rigorous philosophical survey of complex religious thought. " --Publisher's Weekly Religion Bookline
"It's astonishing that so many scientists, philosophers, and theologians think there is a serious conflict between science and theistic religion. In this superb book, the world's leading philosopher of religion explains, with characteristic wit and perceptiveness, why none of the main reasons for thinking there is such a conflict are even remotely successful." --Mike Bergmann, Purdue University
"Argues that these is superficial conflict but deep concord between science and theistic religion, but that there is superficial concord and deep conflict between science and naturalism."--The Chronicle Review
"It is never philosophically superficial...I expect the book to generate considerable secondary literature."--Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
About the Author
Alvin Plantinga is O'Brien Professor of Philosophy, at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of: Essays on the Metaphysics of Modality, The Nature of Necessity, Warrant and Proper Function, Warrant: The Current Debate, Warranted Christian Belief, and Science and Religion: Are they Compatible? (with Dan Dennett).
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(Note: This was my top Philosophy/Apologetics book of 2012)
The first two chapters specifically deal with Richard Dawkins (Blind Watchmaker), Daniel Dennett (Darwin's Dangerous Idea) and Paul Draper's (Philosophical journals) claims of Thiesm being incompatible with evolutionary science. Plantinga shows that this nonsense is indeed false, as there is nothing strong to support this other than an emotional stance of having a dislike for Theism.
I for one do not find anything, in modern Big Bang cosmology or evolutionary theory which causes my theistic beliefs any problems at all. I embrace these scientific theories as wonderful ways of explaining how God created the incredible universe we live in. The question of WHY is behind all such how's is not a scientific question and therefore I don't expect science to answer a question it cannot concern itself with. But science does not contradict my theism.
Plantinga then moves onto claims from classical science (very interesting scenario regarding Laplace that definitely provides food for thought) as well as the new picture that involved QM, and successfully shows why there is no conflict involved there as well.
Biblical criticism is next up, and Plantinga goes into different accounts of claims towards Christianity. I enjoyed Plantinga's description of methodological naturalism (MN), as he distinguishes the differences between Strong MN and Weak MN. He goes over what are supposedly defeaters (rebutting and undercutting) to Christianity and dissects them into trivial objections.
Although the final Chapter was by far my favorite of the whole book. I've used the Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism (EAAN) plenty of times in discussions, and I have yet to see any real rebuttal that shows this argument to be weak. About 9 out of 10 people will not even understand the argument and attack strawmen, whilst making non-sequitors, and the other 10% either take it by FAITH that their cognitive faculties are reliable or they just admit that this indeed a serious problem with their beliefs in naturalism + evolution combined and in conclusion they do not have answer to this argument as of now. I've actually had people concede to the defeater thesis whilst not realizing the consequences of what that involves. I take it there are some who are ok with thinking Schizophrenia can lead us to reliable perceptions and brain functions.
So naturalism [moreso given materialism] has a very special epistemic problem. How do I know that I am not just evolved PURELY for the purposes of survival and nothing else? This means that what I take to be true is just what my genes want me to take as true because it is best for the heuristic purposes it is being put to task to perform. On naturalism a naturalist has a very good reason to think she may well be permanently deceived about a great many things!
All and all this is a must buy for anyone in the Philosophy of Religion, Apologetics, the Philosophy of Epistemology, the philosophy of Mind, or just someone who wants food for thought regarding the arguments that deconstruct those who say there is an incompatibility between Science and Religion.