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Science and Religion


Are They Compatible?

Daniel C. Dennett and Alvin Plantinga

05 May 2011

ISBN: 9780199738427

96 pages

In Stock


Price: £9.99


An enlightening discussion that will motivate students to think critically, the book 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.

  • Written by two noted philosophers: Daniel Dennett and Alvin Plantinga
  • Draws examples from real life, employs logic, philosophy, and empirical data, and addresses views of religion from across other disciplines
  • Provides a model of debate dialogue
  • The debate structure helps readers develop philosophical reasoning and critical thinking skills

About the Author(s)

Daniel C. Dennett, Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University, and Alvin Plantinga, John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

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).

Table of Contents

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


"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