Richard Smith

Richard M. Smith

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Alvin Plantinga Can't Say That, Can He? A Review of Where the Conflict Really Lies (2016)

In Where the Conflict Really Lies, Alvin Plantinga maintains that any apparent conflict between science and classical Christian theism is superficial at best, and that the real conflict lies between science and the "quasi-religion" of naturalism. In fact, because there is evidence of biological and cosmological "fine-tuning," he claims, science may even provide evidence that God exists. In this review Richard M. Smith critiques what Plantinga has to say about three main topics: design arguments that purport to show a deep concord between science and theism, scientific challenges to theism from biological evolution and divine action in the world, and Plantinga's frontal assault on naturalism—that thinking would be impossible and cognition would be unreliable if naturalism were true.

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Richard Smith is a physician in Rhode Island. He was a lifelong Christian until he underwent a most unexpected deconversion in 2011 at the age of 54.