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God’s artillery opens fire

 It’s hard to resist the pull of military metaphors when talking about the recent battles between religion and the so called new-atheists: Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchins, Sam Harris et al. Fighting talk is only natural when combatants on both sides have often been vicious in their attacks. And like the western front in World War I, for all the blasts and flashes, neither side ever manages to advance its trenches. Yet in the very definition of madness, both forces persist in trying the same tactics that have never worked before as though they might suddenly prove efficacious….

Review of Alvin Plantinga’s Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism, in Issue 60 of The Philosophers’ Magazine.

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