, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 427-429
Date: 11 Oct 2012

Science and religion: Compatibility issues

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This slim contribution to the Point/Counterpoint series is the outcome of the debate between Alvin Plantinga and Daniel Dennett at the Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association in 2009. The debate consisted of a lecture by Plantinga, a response by Dennett, and a counter-response by Plantinga, which the book reproduces. The book includes further responses by Dennett, Plantinga, and Dennett again.

Because it is a debate, there are numerous points that cannot be addressed in detail within Science and Religion’s short length. Perhaps, the three most significant are whether the randomness of Darwinism is compatible with God’s guiding the course of evolution, whether a naturalistic evolutionary explanation is preferable because it posits fewer entities than a theistic evolutionary explanation, and Plantinga’s Evolutionary Argument against Naturalism. Regarding the first, Plantinga points out that the randomness of Darwinian evolution does not mean uncaused nor does it