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Evolution and Christian Belief (2)

Alvin Plantinga

in Where the Conflict Really Lies

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199812097
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199928590 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812097.003.0002
Evolution and Christian Belief (2)

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This chapter analyzes the claims of Daniel Dennett that current evolutionary theory is incompatible with Christian belief. It also briefly considers similar claims by Paul Draper and Philip Kitcher. It is argued that such claims are false. The scientific theory of evolution as such is not incompatible with Christian belief; what is incompatible with it is the idea that evolution, natural selection, is unguided. But that idea isn't part of evolutionary theory as such; it is instead a metaphysical or theological addition.

Keywords: religion; modern; science; Christianity; Daniel Dennett; Paul Draper; Philip Kitcher; evolutionary theory

Chapter.  11316 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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