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Friday, February 9, 2018

The Conflict Continues

John Farrell reviews On Faith and Science, by Edward J. Larson and Michael Ruse, at Commonweal.

"The laws of nature in the heavens were one thing, but applying such laws to human beings was something else. And in the third chapter the authors deal with the impact of Newtonian mechanics on the concepts of the mind and soul. Descartes’ separation of an immaterial mind from the mechanics of the human body can be viewed in this light as a sort of pre-emptive strike to protect the unique status of the soul. If so, it was short-lived, as the advent of Darwinian evolution threatened to place everything human under the power of natural selection.

"Here is where the real conflict with faith remains."

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