The problem of truth within natural selection; plus, the non-naturalistic atheist

Alvin Plantinga, professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, made an interesting comment in the July/August edition of Books & Culture:

“[N]atural selection doesn’t care about the truth or falsehood of your beliefs; it cares only about adaptive behavior. Your beliefs may all be false, ridiculously false; if your behavior is adaptive, you will survive and reproduce.”

Plantinga does not rule out evolution in his article.

In fact, the name of the article is “Evolution vs. Naturalism.”

How’s that?

Here’s a hint:

“Naturalism is the idea that there is no such person as God or anything like God; we might think of it as high-octane atheism or perhaps atheism-plus. It is possible to be an atheist without rising to the lofty heights (or descending to the murky depths) of naturalism. Aristotle, the ancient Stoics, and Hegel (in at least certain stages) could properly claim to be atheists, but they couldn’t properly claim to be naturalists: each endorses something (Aristotle’s Prime Mover, the Stoics’ Nous, Hegel’s Absolute) no self-respecting naturalist could tolerate.” [emphasis added]

Check out:
Knowledge of God (Great Debates in Philosophy)
Naturalism Defeated?: Essays on Plantinga’s Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism

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One response to “The problem of truth within natural selection; plus, the non-naturalistic atheist

  1. I think G.K. Chesterton would call them(naturalists) religiously atheistic
    a poem…

    Assumption

    What’s more dangerous than a dog with his bone?
    But a professor that has one.
    And what’s like shootin’ arrows up in the air
    But the professor’s assumption

    Assumption Assumption
    It’s plain to see
    Your spectacles make you a donkey PHD
    Well, if you must assume then..
    You must make room for the Trinity

    Was the cave carved out
    Where the cave man could
    Escape his wife?
    All men know how to dig a hole
    During marital strife

    Assumption Assumption
    It’s plain to see
    Your spectacles make you a donkey PHD
    Well, if you must assume then..
    You must make room for the Trinity

    Were the pictures on the wall
    Picasso’s of prehistoric reindeer?
    Or were the guy’s getting together
    For a game of cards
    To cry in their beer

    Yes, dear

    Well Hey caveman Joe
    Let me draw you a picture
    Of the one that got away
    Here’s my bow and there’s my arrow
    That buck would of made my day

    Assumption Assumption
    It’s plain to see
    Your spectacles make you a donkey PHD
    Well, if you must assume then..
    You must make room for the Trinity

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