Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?

Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?

Paperback Point/Counterpoint (Oxford Paperback)

By (author) Daniel C. Dennett, By (author) Alvin Plantinga

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 203mm x 5mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 4 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0199738424
  • ISBN 13: 9780199738427
  • Sales rank: 99,191

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One of today's most controversial and heated issues is whether or not the conflict between science and religion can be reconciled. In Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?, renowned philosophers Daniel C. Dennett and Alvin Plantinga expand upon the arguments that they presented in an exciting live debate held at the 2009 American Philosophical Association Central Division conference. An enlightening discussion that will motivate students to think critically, Science and Religion: Are They Compatible? opens with Plantinga's assertion that Christianity is compatible with evolutionary theory because Christians believe that God created the living world, and it is entirely possible that God did so by using a process of evolution. Dennett vigorously rejects this argument, provoking a reply from Plantinga, another response from Dennett, and final statements from both sides. As philosophers, the authors possess expert skills in critical analysis; their arguments provide a model of dialogue between those who strongly disagree. Ideal for courses in philosophy of religion, science and religion, and philosophy of science, Science and Religion is also captivating reading for general readers.

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Author information

Daniel C. Dennett is the Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, University Professor, and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. He is the author of Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon (2006) and Freedom Evolves (2003). Alvin Plantinga is John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Essays in the Metaphysics of Modality (OUP, 2003) and Warranted Christian Belief (OUP, 2000).

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an excellent book which takes two of the top living philosophers going head-to-head over one of the most controversial (hence, interesting) subjects in Western culture. Jim Slagle, Metascience an interesting exchange on a very timely topic, and one which gives readers a good illustration of how this debate is often conducted today, especially from the atheistic side. Brendan Sweetman, Philosophy in Review

Table of contents

1. Science and Religion: Where the Conflict Really Lies ; 2. Truths that Miss their Mark: Naturalism Unscathed ; 3. Reply to Dennett ; 4. Habits of Imagination and their Effect on Incredulity ; 5. Final Statement ; 6. No Miracles Needed