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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It is certainly beyond the scope of this review to endeavor loes explain the cosmological argument fully, but, in a nutshell, it is the perception that all things are thr by a cause so there must be an original cause.

The book 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. However, Galileo was a devote Catholic and his faith was not shaken by his great discoveries.

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

Having spent the first two parts six chapters of the book defending his first sub-thesis, Plantinga turns in the third and fourth parts to his other three sub-theses. Plantinga successfully attacks the contention that natural selection in evolution is blind and unguided, effectively showing that the much greater probability lies in a process that is superintended and orchestrated.

What Plantinga describes is a religion that may in fact be merely the product of evolutionary development and have only enough value to provide comfort in times of distress, or give us social norms to cling to. This book could be significantly conflct in the second edition by sticking to defense in the chapters supposedly but not really set aside for defense.

This book is aimed entirely at people who already agree with Plantinga’s premise, which begs the question as conflicct why he bothered writing it. So, the contention that matter could somehow randomly produce an entire thinking intelligent being is simply untenable. Chapter 3 Divine Action in the World: Part II Superficial Conflict.

More dramatic would be the laws imposed by the Hitler regime. Sep alvvin, Addison rated it ppantinga not like it.

I think this is a very important idea to grasp. At each step, the author makes cle Confession: In defense of this premise, he claims that the evidence base of Christians is larger than the evidence base to which scientists, because of their methodological naturalism, are restricted.


Part of that wonder is how we view the universe and how much we are only now beginning to understand. Clearly, then, the plantina here is not to mount a defense of intelligent design theory or even to provide a detailed analysis and evaluation of contemporary design arguments, though Plantinga’s critical discussion of these arguments is certainly worth reading.

Plantinga is one of the greatest philosophers’ alive today. Finally, part four is the height of the book. The conflict is about an ‘add-on’ to that theory about which no New Atheist ever gave a plausible argument.


I first encountered some of these ideas of basic beliefs and defeaters in his book Warranted Christian Belief. If, on the other hand, you find yourself in the position of defending Christian faith and explaining reasons for why you believe what you do this is probably not the best book to consult.

Plantinga has deeply influenced my own thinking. You can listen to the audio here. The book argues that we might think about arguments in science and religion in a new way—as different forms of discourse that try to persuade people to look at questions from a perspective such that they can see that something is true. Aug 30, John Quin rated it really liked it.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Christians should have a particularly high regard for science, and Plantinga is one of the clearest thinkers of our time in this area.

This is why the shaping of evolution by those “personal agents” we call breeders clearly does not disprove Darwinism, even though the selection involved there is not “natural” in the relevant sense.

While the use of this technique didn’t necessarily affect the readability, it was inconsistent and simply felt silly. Classical, Early, and Medieval Prose and Writers: This is especially true in the overlapping territory of science and religion. He has done great work in the field of epistemology. I won’t say how this argument plays out but I think it respresents a challenging notion to thoughtful atheists such as Thomas Nagel, whose review of the book appeared in the New York Review of Books, Sept 27, Evolution based purely on natural selection is not forward looking, it does not anticipate need; qlvin reacts to current changes and accidents of mutation.

Such conflicts simply do not exist. You may have heard that there is a conflict between science and religion. Hence these declarations of incompatibility have unhappy consequences for science itself. The book is easy to read and it became more interesting by Plantinga’s proper use of humour.


Plantinga argues that we might think about arguments in science and religion in a new way — as different forms of discourse that try to persuade people to look at questions from a perspective such that they can alcin that something is true. I didn’t read every word of this book, skipping in particular the tiny print sections and footnotes. To see what your avin thought of this book, please sign up. Given the target audience, it is perhaps not surprising that the book does not always dig deeply or broadly enough to fully satisfy specialists in philosophy of religion; but unlike the majority of books on science and religion, it is never philosophically superficial.

Plantinga’s writing into something that is clear and powerful.

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Plantinga carefully works this out over pages. Academic promotion can often depend on it. Many of the men of science that did so much to build the foundations of what we know today were in pursuit of what they saw as the mind of God.

Then materialism would be true in either its reductive or its nonreductive form. This is a very difficult read and one that I found mostly excruciating. Too Many Repeating Sentences – The author regularly repeats the same sentence, multiple times, with slight variations and a few terms rearranged.

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

Plantinga does not set out here to argue for the existence of a particular God. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use for details see www. Refresh and try again. Other times he argues in formulaic language, substituting variables for different ideas, and that can planyinga a little tricky to keep track of too.

The traditional theistic arguments are much more tenable: The effect this has is that nearly a third of the book was unreadable for me.