Scientific Materialism Re-examined: Recent Discoveries Raise Important Questions

Speaker(s): Stephen Barr
Date: April 4, 2008
Length: 1:18:33
Product ID: RGDL3802G

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Professor Barr argues that the current perceived conflict between science and religion is more accurately represented as a conflict between the ideology of 'scientific materialism' and religious belief. The science-versus-religion paradigm, he contends, is rooted in an outdated view of scientific history, and a somewhat skewed interpretation of actual scientific discovery. Scientific materialism is a certain kind of story told about science, but not the only significant one on offer. Dr. Barr will explore the alternative story of the relation between Christianity and science in particular, including in that analysis some dramatic facts that are relatively little known. This offers a paradigm shift from scientific materialism, as he unpacks the implications of five great discoveries of the twentieth century, primarily in physics. He argues that they are more consonant with the traditional Jewish and Christian view of the cosmos and of human beings than with current materialist philosophy. This talk offers a robust stimulus to thought in this subject area, and a serious challenge to some of the popular promoters of atheism from within the scientific community.

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Stephen Barr PhD (Princeton) is professor of theoretical particle physics, Bartol Research Institute, University of Delaware

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