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Among the CreationistsDispatches from the Anti-Evolutionist Frontline$
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Jason Rosenhouse

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744633.001.0001

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Creation as Fishtank

Creation as Fishtank

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Among the Creationists

Jason Rosenhouse

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the author considers philosophical questions about the nature of science. He first comments on Lee Strobel's presentation at the “Darwin vs. Design” conference held in Knoxville, Tennessee, in March 2007, in which he raised two points: the first was the classical “first cause” or “cosmological” argument, known to philosophers for centuries, while the second involved the “fine-tuning” of the fundamental constants of the universe. The author suggests that Strobel was simply inserting God into those places where we lack the data to draw proper conclusions. He goes on to tackle two further presentations at the Darwin vs. Design conference, which emphasize arguments drawn from astronomy and biology and which he describes as unscientific. For an analogy, he refers to a large aquarium where a small castle moves from the left side of the tank to the right side, with scientist fish and religious fish drawing their respective conclusions about what happened. He concludes by asking why proponents of intelligent design are so insistent that their ideas be considered a part of science and have difficulty respecting a division between science and religion.

Keywords:   science, Lee Strobel, Darwin vs. Design conference, cosmological argument, universe, God, astronomy, biology, intelligent design, religion

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