ON TWO ISSUES IN SCIENCE AND RELIGION: A RESPONSE TO DAVID GRIFFIN

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  • Ian G. Barbour

    1. Ian G. Barbour is professor of religion and Bean professor of science, technology, and society, emeritus at Carleton College, One North College Street, Northfield, Minnesota
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Abstract

Abstract. In responding to David Griffin's critique of my book, Issues in Science and Religion, I suggest that most of the points which he initially presents as differences between us concerning reduction and emergence are resolved in the second half of his article. I spoke of the emergence of higher-level “properties” and “activities,” rather than “entities,” but my analysis of whole and parts is similar to his, although it was perhaps not always clearly articulated. We agree also that Alfred North Whitehead's God is involved in every event in ways which avoid the problems of the supernatu-ralist “God of the gaps,” but we differ as to whether God's action might be taken into account in a new “post-modern” science.

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