God, Freedom and Darwin:
Where Science stops and Theology begins

Teed Rockwell, SSU Professor and author of Neither Brain nor Ghost
Original Date: Thursday, September 9, 2010


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Darwinian atheists ridicule the "God of the Gaps" argument, claiming that it is theology and/or metaphysics masquerading as science. This is true as far as it goes, but Darwinian atheism relies on an argument which is equally metaphysical, which I call the "No Gaps, No God" argument. This atheist argument is metaphysical because it relies on a kind of conceptual necessity, rather than scientific observations or experiments. "No Gaps No God" is a much better metaphysical argument than "God of the Gaps," because the latter is based on a clearly false conditional inference. However, there are also good, but not decisive, arguments against the "No Gaps No God" argument. Because metaphysical arguments never resolve as decisively as scientific research questions, there will probably always be a legitimate controversy at the metaphysical level on this topic, even though there is no serious controversy about Darwinian science itself. If this fact were more widely acknowledged, it could help to defuse the controversy over teaching Darwin in the

Teed Rockwell is in the Philosophy Department at Sonoma State University. He is the Author of "Neither Brain nor Ghost" (MIT press) and the creator of the Cognitive Questions Website (users.sfo.com/~mcmf) (users.sfo.com/~mcmf)


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