Science and Religion Are They Compatible?

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Pub. Date: 2010-09-10
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press
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Dennett strikes back, likening theistic belief to a belief in Supermanism or something equally absurd. Trying to outmaneuver Plantinga's EAAN, Dennett attacks the idea that the probability of having reliable cognitive faculties through evolution given naturalism is low. In the replies to one another that follow these initial statements, the debate is very lively and interesting. It's a fine read, especially for the philosophically minded. Ideal for courses in philosophy of religion, science and religion, and philosophy of science, Science and Religion is also captivating reading for general readers. Highly recommended.

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One of today's most controversial and heated issues is whether or not the conflict between science and religion can be reconciled. In Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?, renowned philosophers Daniel C. Dennett and Alvin Plantinga expand upon the arguments that they presented in an exciting live debate held at the 2009 American Philosophical Association Central Division conference.

An enlightening discussion that will motivate students to think critically, Science and Religion: Are They Compatible? opens with Plantinga's assertion that Christianity is compatible with evolutionary theory because Christians believe that God created the living world, and it is entirely possible that God did so by using a process of evolution. Dennett vigorously rejects this argument, provoking a reply from Plantinga, another response from Dennett, and final statements from both sides. As philosophers, the authors possess expert skills in critical analysis; their arguments provide a model of dialogue between those who strongly disagree. Ideal for courses in philosophy of religion, science and religion, and philosophy of science, Science and Religion is also captivating reading for general readers.

"Given the stature of its two protagonists, this book will become something of an instant classic, occupying a unique and special place in the literature on this topic, and enjoying wide and long-lasting readership and usefulness as a supplementary text."-Gary Rosenkrantz, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

"This engaging little book treats key issues of chance and design in the science-religion dialogue. It would be appropriate for courses in the philosophy of religion, religion and culture, and science and religion. I would be highly likely to adopt the book in my philosophy of science course because it is brief, clear, and to the point."-Michael L. Peterson, Asbury College

Author Biography

Daniel C. Dennett is the Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, University Professor, and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. He is the author of Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon (2006), Freedom Evolves (2003), and Consciousness Explained (1991). Alvin Plantinga is John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and author of Essays in the Metaphysics of Modality (OUP, 2003) and Warranted Christian Belief (OUP, 2000).

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Science and Religion: Where the Conflict Really Liesp. 1
Truths that Miss their Mark: Naturalism Unscathedp. 25
Superman vs. God?p. 39
Habits of Imagination and their Effect on Incredulity: Reply to Plantinga (Essay 2)p. 45
Naturalism Against Sciencep. 57
No Miracles Neededp. 73
Indexp. 79
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