- Title Pages
- List of Figures
- 1 Studies in Insularity
- 2 Showdown at Subway
- 3 The Prospects for Agreeable Disagreements
- 4 How I Got Here
- 5 My Problems with Religion
- 6 An Introduction to Evolution
- 7 An Introduction to Creationism
- 8 Literalism and Other Canards
- 9 Browsing the Bookstore
- 10 The Best Evidence That God Created
- 11 Fossils, Human and Otherwise
- 12 On Information
- 13 Movies and Television
- 14 The Marginality of Genesis 1
- 15 Intelligent Design vs. Young-Earth Creationism
- 16 Rhetorical Legerdemain
- 17 Conversion Stories
- 18 On Religious Experience
- 19 Creation as Fishtank
- 20 Methodological Naturalism
- 21 Irreducible Complexity
- 22 Creation Cinema
- 23 Creation and Corruption
- 24 Groaning under the Curse
- 25 From Catastrophe to Consummation
- 26 What Does Genesis Mean?
- 27 Theological Phlogiston
- 28 Why I Love Being Jewish
- 29 Building the Creation Model
- 30 Inevitable Humans?
- 31 Unpleasantness
- 32 Conversations in Bookstores
- 33 Is the Earth at the Center of the Universe?
- 34 Things I Learned at the Banquet
Creation as Fishtank
Creation as Fishtank
- (p.111) 19 Creation as Fishtank
- Among the Creationists
- Oxford University Press
In this chapter, the author considers philosophical questions about the nature of science. He first comments on Lee Strobel's presentation at the “Darwin vs. Design” conference held in Knoxville, Tennessee, in March 2007, in which he raised two points: the first was the classical “first cause” or “cosmological” argument, known to philosophers for centuries, while the second involved the “fine-tuning” of the fundamental constants of the universe. The author suggests that Strobel was simply inserting God into those places where we lack the data to draw proper conclusions. He goes on to tackle two further presentations at the Darwin vs. Design conference, which emphasize arguments drawn from astronomy and biology and which he describes as unscientific. For an analogy, he refers to a large aquarium where a small castle moves from the left side of the tank to the right side, with scientist fish and religious fish drawing their respective conclusions about what happened. He concludes by asking why proponents of intelligent design are so insistent that their ideas be considered a part of science and have difficulty respecting a division between science and religion.
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