Synthese 178 (2):381 - 396 (2011)

The distinguished theologian, David Ray Griffin, has advanced a set of thirteen theses intended to characterize (what he calls) "Neo-Darwinism" and which he contrasts with "Intelligent Design". Griffin maintains that Neo-Darwinism is "atheistic" in forgoing a creator but suggests that, by adopting a more modest scientific naturalism and embracing a more naturalistic theology, it is possible to find "a third way" that reconciles religion and science. The considerations adduced here suggest that Griffin has promised more than he can deliver. On his account, God is in laws of nature; therefore, any influence He exerts is natural rather than supernatural. But if the differences God makes are not empirically detectable, then Griffin's account is just as objectionable as a theory of supernatural intervention. And Griffin has not shown that evolution as distinct from his idiosyncratic sense of Neo-Darwinism is incompatible with theism
Keywords Neo-Darwinism  Intelligent design  Evolution  Natural selection  Scientific naturalism  Naturalistic theology  David Ray Griffin  Science  Religion  Supernaturalism  Charles Darwin  The ethics of belief  Experiential findings  Abductivism  Inference to the best explanation
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