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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There are, I suspect, plausible analyses of the term “random mutation” according to which mutations caused by God specifically for the purpose of increasing fitness would not be random. And as a matter of fact, I know that they are all incorrect: If, on the other hand, ontological naturalism is true, then the success conlfict methodological naturalism can be explained at least in part by the fact that there are no supernatural causes of natural phenomena.

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Again, this eventually just turns into filler material that is tangential to the subject I’m interested in. Unfortunately I found the book very nearly unreadable. Moreover apvin the last part is the major contribution, which I am still trying alvij digest: Where the Conflict Really Lies: As long as you keep pushing your beliefs beyond what science can explain, why would there be a conflict? Where the Conflict Really Lies contains so much careful analysis, and covers so many different topics, that a complete review is almost impossible.

Few would believe this today, although I could still make a case for it and science wouldn’t be able to prove me wrong.



Directly causing mutations precisely for the purpose of increasing fitness would hardly exhaust the available options. For the purposes of this book, Plantinga equates Christianity with something similar to the set of beliefs that C. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Such conflicts simply do not exist. Anyway, reading this book was a huge loss of time.

Plantinga never chose the accommodationist route, however. If you’ve read other statements of this argument, the discussion in this book isn’t significantly more advanced.

I will say this: Science, Religion, and Naturalism p. To say this is not to defend any one of Plantinga’s arguments, or conclusions. It is a brilliant argument that I am yet to see a particularly compelling response to. A defeater is something that would prove such beliefs wrong.

To support this crucial probability claim, Plantinga argues that, if naturalism and materialism were both true, then the only thing relevant to behavior and so to fitness would be a belief’s neurophysiological properties.

Based on the reviews here, I guess it must be akvin the only people that read what he’s written already DO agree, so it’s an easy sale! This is a good survey ov the metaphysics and metabiology of the new athiests and the plausibility of theism as a foundation for scientific understanding.

The last twenty years has conlict a cottage industry of books on this divide, but with little consensus emerging. Traits like morality, religion, appreciation of beauty are explained from the evolutionary benefits they provide to the survival of our genes.

You may be scribbling quite a few question marks and exclamation points in the margin of your book. And it’s a fast read, and characteristically witty.


It is an image that believers recognize, subscribe to, and seek to emulate.

View all 3 comments. For readers not accustomed to winding, lengthy philosophical exposition, the book will be tedious and technical in places. All things that make it worth looking at, if not reading through.

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Part of that wonder is how we view the universe and how much we are only now beginning to understand. And misses a few obvious? Speaking of “defeaters”, it is important to grasp the understanding of basic beliefs for Plantinga. That said the book reads well and you don’t need a degree in Philosophy to understand the material that is presented. Perhaps that implication, however, does not strike Plantinga wherw implausible. 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.

I realize this is typical academic rubbish that philosophers albin to draw on, but propositional logic is not helpful at all in this text, IMO.

raelly Instead, most people find themselves in the position of justifying the personal faith that they hold.

What survival instinct do the arts protect and preserve? No such defeater has been found.