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Before he gets there, he tackles the alleged conflict between faith and science.

Plantinga plantingq concludes that one cannot coherently believe both in evolutionary theory and naturalism, and that the two together are self-defeating given that the reliability of our cognitive faculties cannot be explained by evolutionary theory outside of a theistic “guided” and yes, he suggests, “designed” context. Kepler, Newton, Einstein, and many, many others had no issue being theists of one brand or another and still have the drive to know all they could know about the universe in which we live.

It provides a basis for the thought process that accepts those things which have strong scientific support, but still looks further to test and stretch that knowledge. So his thesis really has five sub-theses instead of four, though I’m unsure whether the fifth is that there is concord between science and theistic religion that is neither deep nor superficial or that there is concord between science and theistic cnflict whose depth is hard to measure.

Here Plantinga takes science, the belief in evolution, and naturalism, the belief that there is nothing outside of nature. And suppose, still further, the specific proximate events human beings can cause are quantum collapse-outcomes Cosmological awareness beckons mankind to awaken from the stupor of tolerating indecent evils!

And his flawed understanding of evolutionary theory often sounds much too close to the ,ies “social” Darwinists use, seeing it too simply that every trait must be adaptive when so often they are vestigial or alfin from earlier links in the chain.

I have not seen it happen. Instead, hi Alright, a couple of things to keep in mind in approaching this book. There is nothing in this book but pure intellectual wastefulness to stay polite.


I might be more inclined to agree with this if my exposure to discourse about the nature and history of life on earth were limited to books and articles written by advocates of intelligent design. Before I start, I should confess a personal interest. Plantina had heard from many sources that it was one of, if not the best, apologetics books of the 21st Century.


If you’ve read other statements of this argument, the discussion in this book isn’t significantly more advanced. We cannot assume convlict materialism is true from the outset. Stated less concisely but more precisely, his thesis is that i all alleged conflict between science and theistic religion is superficial, ii there is deep concord between science and theistic religion, iii all alleged concord between science and naturalism is superficial, and iv there is deep conflict between science and naturalism.

The statement is particularly clear and breezy, though. I found Plantinga’s treatment on the issue of miracles in this book was quite thorough.

For example, God could miraculously cause additional mutations that are not beneficial or liss other mutations that would have been beneficial — whatever it takes to prevent a positive correlation between the production of new genotypes and the satisfaction rewlly adaptational needs.

Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism – Oxford Scholarship

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Planinga, one wonders, does Plantinga have no interest in the evidential situation of alvinn theists, agnostics, and atheists? Beliefs tend to evolve and change to conform to what is known and commonly accepted as facts. Even for those not on the extreme, there is a feeling and a fear that somehow faith in God is at odds with belief in science.

And, whatever his vices, that feeling is among Plantinga’s virtues.

But it is also a culmination of years of thoughtful reflection on the subject. In chapters three and four, Plantinga considers a second allegation of conflict.

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

Nevertheless, both believers and skeptics of religion should, in my opinion, familiarize themselves with Plantinga, whom Nagel calls a “philosophically subtle and scientifically informed theist. One of Plantinga’s goals in writing this book was to make it accessible to a broader audience than just specialists in philosophy.


Overall, a good and challenging read that has much that can be useful in helping those who have questions about faith and science. Here Plantinga reprises and revises his well-known evolutionary argument against naturalism. The traditional theistic arguments are much more tenable: But even if one of those is the “correct” definition, that wouldn’t show that guided evolution couldn’t be Darwinian.

Plantinga actually concludes that one cannot coherently believe both in ev Plantinga, unfashionably, argues the case for rreally real conflict being not between science and theism but between science and naturalism.

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. If so, our action in the world though of course vastly smaller in scope resembles divine action in the world; this would be still another locus reaoly the imago dei. To say this is not to defend any one of Plantinga’s arguments, or conclusions.

That said the book reads well and you don’t need a degree in Philosophy to understand the material that is presented. And sometimes the only proof is what we can deduce and calculate that appears to successfully predict future outcomes.

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

Return to Book Page. For Plantinga, you cannot sensibly believe in both evolution and naturalism. Plantinga does not offer his own definition, but instead appeals to the definitions offered by two experts, the biologist Ernst Mayr and the philosopher of biology Eliot Sober. Too Many Repeating Sentences – The author regularly repeats the same sentence, multiple times, with slight variations and a few terms rearranged.

The book is based on a series of Gifford Lectures that Plantinga delivered in If nothing else, it ought to be food for thought.