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Suppose human beings, as the vast bulk of the Christian tradition has supposed, resembled God in being immaterial souls or selves, immaterial substances–with this difference: More This book is a long-awaited major statement by a pre-eminent analytic philosopher, on one of our biggest p,antinga compatibility of science and religion.


The advanced concepts should have been left for a separate book. Then there is the question of why we should come to believe that our cognitive faculties are reliable?

There are numerous flaws in the naturalist philosophy, and certainly there are numerous religious scientists, so there IS room for concord. In defense of this premise, he claims that the evidence base of Christians is larger than the evidence plantinnga to which scientists, because of their methodological naturalism, are restricted. 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.

Christianity Today Book Award Too Many “Advanced Level” Discussions – The book uses two slightly different size fonts to distinguish between “popular level” content and more advanced level content. This fails to consider that beliefs have another dimension other than the cnflict, they also have content and that content can be true or false.

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It is an image that believers recognize, subscribe to, and seek to emulate. Evolution based purely on natural selection is not forward looking, it does not anticipate need; it reacts to current changes and accidents of mutation.


Finally, he ends the book whhere that there is a real conflict between Pies and Evolution. At each step, the author makes clear where he is in his progression through the regular use of these summaries.

Science is a work in progress, we still don’t know everything and we never will.

Front Cojflict Title Pages Preface. When I reviewed Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion,” I called it a feisty, combative, interesting introduction to issues about the plausibility of religious belief, which alas the author seems to genuinely believe is original, decisive, and definitive.

The book is not necessarily an easy read, but delves deeply into the subject area with clear, relaly and philosophical argumentation. Cowardice mars so much Christian scholarship, including Christian theology. There’s much much more than I could say in a review, if you are a Christian, and you like science and philosophy, reaally it is a must read.

Refresh and try again. I know the scientist will say that it is experience and experiment. The theme of this short book is that the conflict between science and theistic religion is actually superficial, and that at a deeper level they are in concord.

In chapters three and four, Plantinga considers a second allegation of conflict. He convincingly argues that there is no conflict between Science and belief in God and refutes the main arguments that claim to show there is a conflict.

In terms of conflictt this book doesn’t rate very high. Here’s a list of the biggest problems I had with this book: A second reason that direct divine action is compatible with a scientific understanding of how the world works is that the laws of quantum mechanics are probabilistic. 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.

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Most believers, given the depth and significance of their belief in God, are not going to opt for science; their attitude toward science is likely to be or become one of suspicion and mistrust. Or it could just be me The issue of supernatural miracles and divine intervention is discussed starting with the old deterministic view: I think Plantinga gives a good explanation of the damaging effects of buying into the superficial war betwen science and religion in his chapter on evolution: Science, Religion, and Naturalism Alvin Plantinga Abstract This book is a long-awaited major statement by a pre-eminent analytic philosopher, on one of our biggest debates—the compatibility of science and religion.

Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism by Alvin Plantinga

His argument is not about how things are but how we would expect things to be if naturalism and evolution were both true. Christians should have a particularly high regard for science, and Plantinga is one of the clearest thinkers of our time in this area.

This is one good, deep and First, it classifies as non-Christian all those Christians who don’t believe that God is literally a person. It is the kind of conversation that allows a person to question points that are unresolved without being accused of refuting the whole field of inquiry.