Alvin Plantinga Debate With Dan Dennett On Science And Religion

At a recent meeting of the American Philosophical Society Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga debated Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the alleged conflict between science and religion. Apparently the debate was heated. You can download the audio file (the sound quality is not that great) here. What interested me most was an account I of the debate at prosblogion by a philosophy who writes an account sympathetic to Plantinga. The author writes anonomously because they believe their academic career would be at stake if it got out that they were sympathetic to Plantinga. Read the account here.

Here is my bias: Plantinga is awesome. Enough said.

Nietzche Documentary

Just some preparation for the next philosophy movie night on Nietzche.


Darwin Day

Okay this is quite late (I have been quite busy lately), but someone from the Foosball Club suggested I post about Darwin Day. ID advocate Jonathan Wells has written an article in the Washington Times about why he thinks Darwinism is unsupported by the evidence and is an outgrowth of materialist philosophy. He comments on the status of people who want to make February 12th a day dedicated to the legacy and influence of Charles Darwin (the same day as Abraham Lincoln's birthday). I personally would take old Abe, but that's just me.

Unfortunately an article this short can't offer any convincing argument which would adequately persuade another of Wells' position. On the other hand, it does raise questions about the assumptions we have about Darwin's theory which could push us to further questioning, reading, talking to scientists, philosophers, etc. And an issue as controversial as the scientific status of ID and the evidential status of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural is likely to trigger hostile reactions on both sides. So we need to be critical and respectful.

Have fun and enjoy the article.

Open Theism and Its Critics

A Discussion on Open Theism with John Sanders, John Culp, Richard Rice, David Basinger, Karen Winslow, Clark Pinnock, Alan Rhoda, David Woodruff, Brint Montgomery, Dean Blevins, Dean Zimmerman, Anna Case-Winters, Craig Boyd, Alan Padgett, Jeff Koperski, Robin Collins, Tom Oord, and Richard Rice.

William Lane Craig in Canada

William Lane Craig was recently in Canada and starred on the Michael Coren Show. Some might complain that the debate was slanted (Michael Coren is a Christian), but it was still a stimulating discussion. Craig's opponent was fairly respectful which made the discussion much more easier to get through. Enjoy!

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Want to waste an hour or more?

I have found many fun BBC documentaries on philosophers. Just go to googlevideo and search "philosophy" and you will be met by a multiplicity of excellent videos. I watched the one Nietzche, Sartre, Heidegger, and one on mathematics and infinity. I highly recommend all these.