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

Unless “not material” entails “like God,” this definition implies that a naturalist can consistently deny materialism about human persons. We have to cease being docile by believing only what others want us to believe.

Plantinga’s treatment of defeaters in this book is also very valuable information.

If, on the other hand, ontological naturalism is true, then the success of methodological naturalism can be explained at least in part by the fact that there are no supernatural causes of natural phenomena.

You may be scribbling quite a few question marks and exclamation points in the margin of your book. One concern I have about the first two chapters of the book conf,ict that Plantinga is too quick to dismiss the idea that there might be probabilistic conflict or tension between Darwinian evolution and theistic religion. Godly righteousness must be our guide, not social acceptance, not propaganda, and certainly not unjust laws.

Cowardice mars so much Christian scholarship, including Christian theology. Mar 27, Garren rated it it cnoflict ok. Sep 18, Rick Sam rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 19, Richard rated it really liked it.


I know this to be true because I have seen the work of others at least that part I understand and that interpretation appears to fit what I know of the universe. However, Galileo was a devote Alvi and his faith was not shaken by his great discoveries. Moreover, if what happens at the macroscopic level supervenes on what happens at the quantum level, then any macroscopic laws must pkantinga be compatible with direct divine action.

We can make what we will of the world. The book is easy to read and it became more interesting by Plantinga’s proper use of humour. Plantinga maintains that causal closure of the physical world is a philosophical add-on to science, not a planinga of science itself.

His philosophical point of view is that it is very difficult to build a case that purely random, natural selection would select for a reasoning, rational mind. The church had accepted the views of an ancient Greek as interpretation of scripture. There is a segment in one of the episodes where the work of Monsignor George Lis is discussed. This would just make sense in a theistic explanation of the world but is in fact difficult to explain on naturalistic terms.

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Search my Subject Specializations: At each step, the author makes clear where he is in his progression through the regular use of these summaries. The advanced concepts should have been left for a separate book. In the same way, believing other people perceive the world how we do and remembering what we had for breakfast do not require arguments and evidence.

Plantinga 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.


He argues that there truly is a conflict, but it is between science and naturalism. This book could be significantly improved in the second edition by sticking to defense in the chapters supposedly but not really set aside for defense.

But I repeat here a devastating aside on Dawkins by the philosopher Jerry Fodor: Evolution based purely on natural selection is not forward looking, it does not anticipate need; it reacts to current changes and accidents of mutation. No trivia or quizzes yet. Though he would not claim credit, he is at least partly responsible for the huge growth of Christian analytic philosophy in the English-speaking world since that time. Christian Theism and the Deep Roots of Science.

Plantinga helps by setting This book is an attempt to show that, at the end of the day, while there may be some conflict between religion specifically, the Christian religion and science, that conflict is superficial ; it is the conflict between science and naturalism that is deep and substantive.

Plantinga helps by setting off the conceptually harder segments in smaller print than the rest of the book. Hardcoverpages. His thesis in Where the Conflict Really Lies is as clear as it is provocative.