“Religion in a World of Science”
Thursday, March 12, 2015
7 p.m. Lecture
Fort Howard Theater, Bemis International Center
In connection with the Killeen series theme, “Science and Religion” Dr. Gutting will elaborate a philosophically grounded rationale for maintaining religious belief in a world of science.
His talk, “Religion in a World of Science” will scrutinize the basic claim—that science leaves no rational room for belief in God—made by Richard Dawkins and the “New Atheists.” He argues that their accusation that theism lacks evidence misunderstands the significance of philosophical arguments for God’s existence. He will offer a way forward by providing theists with a strategy against two arguments commonly deployed by atheists: the argument from evil and the evolutionary argument. Dr. Gutting will also examine reasons religious philosophers give for their personal belief, and will conclude that there can be good reasons to accept a religion as both a way of living and a way of understanding the world, even if we cannot have a basis for believing that God actually exists as a power that affects what happens in the world.
Gary Gutting is professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He writes and teaches in the areas of philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, and contemporary French philosophy. Dr. Gutting edits an online book review journal, the Notre Dame Philosophical Review and is a regular contributor to the New York Times’ forum for contemporary philosophers, The Stone. There, he publishes interviews with other philosophers and writes accessible philosophical essays on contemporary issues. His most recent scholarly publication is entitled Thinking the Impossible: French Philosophy since 1960 (Oxford University Press, 2011).