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Huston Smith Replies to Barbour, Goodenough, and Peterson

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Abstract:

Responses and clarifications are given to the three respondents to my recent book, Why Religion Matters, in which I discuss what I see as the drawbacks and inconsistencies of Darwinism. While certain of their criticisms are understandable, others are based on a misreading of my work. Finally, my critics fail to show that my book is mistaken in its central claim that the modern loss of faith in transcendence, basic to the traditional/religious worldview, is unwarranted, because science has not been able to disprove the metaphysical claim that transcendence exists.

Keywords: Darwinism; Gregory Peterson; Ian Barbour; Ursula Goodenough; evolutionary theory; intelligentdesign; naturalism; reductionism; scientism; transcendence

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0591-2385.00353

Affiliations: Syracuse University

Publication date: June 1, 2001

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