Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?

Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?

by Daniel C. Dennett, Alvin Plantinga
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Science and Religion: Are They Compatible? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Short Airplane Read The book is inspired by a real encounter between the two thinkers held at the American Philosophical Association (APA) Central Division Meeting in Chicago back in 2009. In an effort to outsmart each other, Alvin Plantinga and Daniel C. Dennett provide us with impressive reasons for believing in their respective positions, Plantinga defending the side of theistic religion and Dennett the side of science. Whether their reasons are indeed objective and rational is for the reader to judge. However, the title of the book is perhaps slightly misleading. The question actually dealt with in this book is whether contemporary evolutionary biology and theistic religion are mutually incompatible. I think the two are highly competent philosophers. Plantinga's work on modal logic is extremely well known, though his opinions are often controversial and I don't think most philosophers share them (surveys actually show that most philosophers are atheists, while Plantinga is a kind of champion of Christian philosophy). Dennett is well known for his work in philosophy of mind, evolution, and more recently, his work on atheism. It was actually the fact that both are heavy weights that made the book really exciting to get and to read. In this debate, audiences might be convinced one way or other depending on the makeup of their background beliefs. This book adds a valuable debate to the contemporary dialogue to the philosophy religion. Would I receommend it? Surely, as I would Reasoned Faith: Essays in Philosophical Theology in Honor of Norman Kretzmann.