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Oracles of Science: Celebrity Scientists versus God and Religion

Karl Giberson and Mariano Artigas

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195310726
eISBN:
9780199785179
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310726.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book examines the popular writings of the six scientists who have been the most influential in shaping perceptions of science, how it works, and how it relates to other fields of human endeavor, ... More


Conclusion: Science and Beyond

Karl Giberson and Mariano Artigas

in Oracles of Science: Celebrity Scientists versus God and Religion

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195310726
eISBN:
9780199785179
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310726.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The oracles of science: Carl Sagan, Stephen Weinberg, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, Edward O. Wilson, and Stephen Jay Gould make connections between science and culture, and they particularly ... More


Darwinism and Christianity: Must They Remain at War or Is Peace Possible?

Michael Ruse

in Science, Religion, and the Human Experience

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195175325
eISBN:
9780199784707
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195175328.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This essay considers the arguments of three scholars who have maintained that there is indeed a contradiction between Darwinism and religion. The first is entomologist and sociobiologist Edward O. ... More


Evolution and Christian Belief (1)

Alvin Plantinga

in Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199812097
eISBN:
9780199928590
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812097.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter begins with a brief overview of the four chapters in the first part of the book, which looks into alleged conflict between religion and modern science, in particular Christian belief and ... More


Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism

Alvin Plantinga

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199812097
eISBN:
9780199928590
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812097.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This book is a long-awaited major statement by a pre-eminent analytic philosopher, on one of our biggest debates—the compatibility of science and religion. The last twenty years has seen a cottage ... More


Genes, Environments, and Concepts of Biological Inheritance

Matteo Mameli

in The Innate Mind, Volume 3: Foundations and the Future

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195332834
eISBN:
9780199868117
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332834.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

The term inheritance is often used to talk about biological traits. It can be argued that in this context this term is used to express two different concepts. The first refers to the processes ... More


Some Observations on the Psychology of Thinking About Free Will

Daniel C Dennett

in Are We Free?: Psychology and Free Will

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195189636
eISBN:
9780199868605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189636.003.0012
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

Whether free will is real or illusory is such an important topic that many thinkers overreact to it, jumping to invalid conclusions in their desire to fend off what they see as either mystical or ... More


The ideological uses of evolutionary biology in recent atheist apologetics

Alister E. Mcgrath

in Biology and Ideology from Descartes to Dawkins

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226608402
eISBN:
9780226608426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226608426.003.0014
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

During the first few years of the twenty-first century, a number of high-profile populist books offering an aggressively atheist critique of religion appeared. This “clustering” of prominent works of ... More


Mandating Evolution: The 1990s and Beyond

Edward J. Larson

in Trial and Error: The American Controversy Over Creation and Evolution

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195154719
eISBN:
9780199849505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154719.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter explores the ongoing efforts of evolutionists to consolidate their gains through state education standards. The 1987 US Supreme Court decision in Aguillard stalled the movement to inject ... More


The Trouble with Memes: Inference versus Imitation in Cultural Creation

SCOTT ATRAN

in In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195178036
eISBN:
9780199850112
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178036.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Memes are hypothetical cultural units, an idea or practice, passed on by imitation. Although nonbiological, they undergo Darwinian selection like genes. Cultures and religions are supposedly ... More


Introduction

David Fergusson

in Faith and Its Critics: A Conversation

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199569380
eISBN:
9780191702051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569380.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The term ‘new atheism’ is used to describe writings that directly attack the intellectual claims and moral effects of religion. Associated primarily with Richard Dawkins, it also characterises the ... More


Militant Modern Atheism

Kitcher Philip

in Preludes to Pragmatism: Toward a Reconstruction of Philosophy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199899555
eISBN:
9780199980154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199899555.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter considers blunt naturalism more directly, as it has emerged recently in the writings of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett. It argues that the militant ... More


Reasonable Religion

Matthew Engelke

in God's Agents: Biblical Publicity in Contemporary England

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520280465
eISBN:
9780520957107
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520280465.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

Chapter 6 broadens the view into the public sphere by turning to Theos’s engagement with one of the most vexed legacies of the post-Enlightenment secular settlement: the relationship between religion ... More


Parallel Paradigms

Terryl L. Givens

in When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195313901
eISBN:
9780199871933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Preexistence has survived through poetry, philosophy, and theology. In the contemporary world, the cultural work done by preexistence is now done by surrogates, scientific or quasi-scientific ... More


How Should One Read the Early Chapters of Genesis?

Walter Moberly

in Reading Genesis after Darwin

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195383355
eISBN:
9780199870561
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383355.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, History of Christianity

In the light of the enormous weight attached to the early chapters of Genesis in the history of biblical interpretation and in debates between science and religion over matters of origins, it is ... More


Postscript: What Would Jesus Do?

Ananda Rose

in Showdown in the Sonoran Desert: Religion, Law, and the Immigration Controversy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199890934
eISBN:
9780199949793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890934.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This brief final chapter entertains the question: What might Jesus do about migrant deaths, illegal immigration, and the U.S.–Mexico border. The question is particularly important since many of the ... More


Atoms, Individuals, and Myths

Duncan Kennedy

in Laughing with Medusa: Classical Myth and Feminist Thought

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199237944
eISBN:
9780191706455
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237944.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

Feminism's engagement with science has been played out on a number of stages. Historians and sociologists have studied the lives of women scientists and have traced the processes by which the ... More


Forward

Jeffrey Burton Russell

in Paradise Mislaid: How We Lost Heaven and How We Can Regain It

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195334586
eISBN:
9780199851423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195334586.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The decline of heaven in the twentieth century was revealed by surveys that indicated the growth of atheism and indifference on the one hand, and the fragmentation of religion on the other. ... More


Epilogue: Disenchanting india contextualized

Johannes Quack

in Disenchanting India: Organized Rationalism and Criticism of Religion in India

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199812608
eISBN:
9780199919406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812608.003.0018
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The epilogue raises three questions which help to contextualize the description and analysis of ANiS within a broader context: Raised first is the empirical question as to what degree the Indian ... More


Deep Commonalities between Life and Mind

Steven Pinker

in Language, Cognition, and Human Nature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199328741
eISBN:
9780199369355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199328741.003.0011
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This essay, from a collection of tributes to Richard Dawkins, explores some deep commonalities between life and mind that were inspired by Dawkins’s writings, particularly the apparent ... More


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