“Science vs. Faith?”
A review of
Where the Conflict Really Lies:
Science, Religion, and Naturalism
Hardback: Oxford University Press, 2011
Reviewed by Shaun C. Brown
Alvin Plantinga, the John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, remains one of the preeminent voices in contemporary philosophy of religion. In 2004–2005, he presented the prestigious Gifford Lectures, which are presented at Scottish universities each year. Plantinga follows a long line of distinguished scholars, like William James, Karl Barth, Jürgen Moltmann, and Stanley Hauerwas. Where the Conflict Really Lies stems from these lectures. Similar to Barth’s Church Dogmatics, Plantinga’s main argument is in larger print, while more technical details and additions are in smaller print.
Plantinga summarizes his basic argument: “there is a superficial conflict but deep concord between science and theistic religion, but superficial concord and deep conflict between science and naturalism” (ix). Plantinga notes that the view that a tension exists between science and religion goes back to the seventeenth century and has been held by both people of faith and secularists.