In a New York Times profile, Alvin Plantinga, a generation’s most prominent Christian philosopher, says a lot of highly disputable things about the supposed rationality of theism and the supposed irrationality of naturalism and atheism. He does this in the process of summarizing some of the theses of his new book on science and religion, Where the Conflict Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism. I don’t have the time to blog while I have study guides for my students to finish. So, here’s just one quote from the Plantinga article and a link to a blog post where I have already refuted what he says:
Mr. Plantinga says he accepts the scientific theory of evolution, as all Christians should. Mr. Dennett and his fellow atheists, he argues, are the ones who are misreading Darwin. Their belief that evolution rules out the existence of God — including a God who purposely created human beings through a process of guided evolution — is not a scientific claim, he writes, but “a metaphysical or theological addition.”
No, Plantinga’s wrong. The science of natural selection points to the non-existence of an intelligent creator.