Frontiers of Philosophy in China

, 6:465

What does Fodor’s “anti-darwinism” mean to natural theology?

Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11466-011-0150-6

Cite this article as:
Xu, Y. Front. Philos. China (2011) 6: 465. doi:10.1007/s11466-011-0150-6


In the current dialogue of “science and religion,” it is widely assumed that the thoughts of Darwinists and that of atheists overlap. However, Jerry Fodor, a full-fledged atheist, recently announced a war against Darwinism with his atheistic campaign. Prima facie, this “civil war” might offer a chance for theists: If Fodor is right, Darwinistic atheism will lose the cover of Darwinism and become less tenable. This paper provides a more pessimistic evaluation of the situation by explaining the following: Fodor’s criticism of adaptationism (as the backbone of Darwinism), viz., his refutation of any counterfactual-supporting laws on the macro-evolutionary level, implies that a law-maker is dispensable on this level. This will either encourage skepticism against the omniscience (at least that concerning the future of macro-evolution) of the Creator, or render the notion of God less appealing.


adaptationismalgorithmatheismcounterfactual-supporting lawsDarwinismFodorlaw-makernatural theology

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PhilosophyFudan UniversityShanghaiChina