The “God Spectrum” and the uneven Search for a Consistent View of the Natural World

Warren D. Allmon

in For the Rock Record

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257580
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943711 | DOI:
The “God Spectrum” and the uneven Search for a Consistent View of the Natural World

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There was a time when scientists did not take creationism seriously. As copiously demonstrated, however, in the flood of recent scientific critiques of intelligent design (ID), this is no longer the case. These responses have exhaustively demonstrated that creationism, including ID, is not science but religion. For most people whose lives are primarily occupied by neither science nor religion, the bright line that the majority of scientists see as separating the two is fuzzy to nonexistent. This chapter deals with religious belief in the context of the manifest practical success of modern geological and evolutionary science and examines science in the context of the manifest popularity of religious faith. It focuses on the question that most professors who have taught historical geology or evolution have confronted or will eventually confront: “Can one believe in both God and evolution?” Finally, the chapter considers whether ID proponents square the non-materialism that faith requires with the pursuit or use of the results of materialistic science.

Keywords: God; evolution; creationism; science; religion; intelligent design; faith; geology; non-materialism

Chapter.  24168 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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