Friday, September 18, 2009

Responses to Daniel Dennette's question

During Darwin Festival which took place at Cambridge in July this year, Daniel Dennette went head on with theologians and scientists in one of the session on theology and science:

“I’m Dan Dennett, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and we are forever being told that we should do our homework and consult with the best theologians. I’ve heard two of you talk now, and you keep saying this is an interdisciplinary effort—evolutionary theology—but I am still waiting to be told what theology has to contribute to the effort. You’ve clearly adjusted your theology considerably in the wake of Darwin, which I applaud, but what traffic, if any, goes in the other direction? Is there something I’m missing? What questions does theology ask or answer that aren’t already being dealt with by science or secular philosophy? What can you clarify for this interdisciplinary project?” (Words to that effect)

He then remarked that none of the speakers were able to provide a satisfactory answer.

Since then Science & Religion Today has published and highlighted some responses to Dennette:

Response by J. Wentzel van Huysteen, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Profesor of Theology and Science.

Response by John Hedley Brooke, University of Oxford's former Professor of Science and Religion.

Response one and two by Philip Clayton, Claremont Graduate University's Professor of Religion and Philosophy.

Response by Denis Alexander, University of Cambridge's Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion.

1 comment:

reasonable said...

Denis Alexander's response is more comprehensive in address the question "what has theology ever done for science?". :)