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Conflict Resolution

From the December 2012 Print Edition

Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism by Alvin Plantinga Oxford, 376 pages, $27.95 “Naturalism” is a slippery term. In one common usage, it is the methodological thesis that the only rational forms of inquiry are those using the methods of natural science. In another, . . . . Continue Reading »

Aristotle, Call Your Office

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To untutored common sense, the natural world is filled with irreducibly different kinds of objects and qualities: people; dogs and cats; trees and flowers; rocks, dirt, and water; colors, odors, sounds; heat and cold; meanings and purposes. A man is a radically different sort of thing from a rose, which is in turn no less different from a stone… . Continue Reading »

Scientia ad Absurdum

From the November 2011 Print Edition

The Atheist’s Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life without Illusions by Alex Rosenberg W. W. Norton, 368 pages, $25.95 The Atheist’s Guide to Reality is refreshingly and ruthlessly consistent. It is also utterly incoherent”and precisely because it is so consistent. In drawing out its . . . . Continue Reading »