Logic & Philosophy of Science
Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph
Darwinism and Atheism:
A Marriage Made in Heaven?
Today, many Darwinians and Creationists stand united on the belief that
Darwinism and Christianity are incompatible world systems. This is the
claim of Richard Dawkins, Dan Dennett and Will Provine on
the Darwinian side, and of Alvin Plantinga, Philip Johnson and Michael
Behe on the Creationist side. And many of those who would defend the
possibility of holding both systems at once — like Stephen Jay
Gould in "Rock of Ages" — do so by gutting Christianity
to such an extent that it would find favor with a logical positivist.
In this talk, I want to defend the possibility that of a vigorous
Darwinism-Christianity synthesis. I am not arguing for Darwinism or
Christianity per se — as it happens I am one but not the other —
however I do think that the possibility of scientific commitment
and religious belief is much stronger than many argue.
Monday, November 29, 1999
1:30pm in SSPA 2112