Q&A: Philosophy

David H. Bailey
1 Jan 2017 (c) 2017

This section lists numerous questions in the area of theology, philosophy and related topics, and then presents answers based on best available scholarship. This material was assembled by the editor, except where otherwise indicated. Each page linked to below includes detailed references.

  1. How should one view the "new atheist" literature? Atheists
  2. Can we take a 'cafeteria' approach to science and religion? Cafeteria
  3. Is there a conspiracy among scientists? Conspiracy
  4. Are there controversies among scientists? Controversies
  5. How do other scholars view Richard Dawkins' recent book The God Delusion? Dawkins
  6. Is modern society in decline? Decline
  7. Is science or religion to blame for the decline of modern society? Decline-blame
  8. Does modern science lead to a mechanistic, deterministic worldview that negates human free agency? Determinism
  9. Is it true, as Stephen Hawking and others have claimed, that modern physics removes the need to believe in God? Hawking
  10. What is the history of the war between science and religion? History
  11. Is "methodological naturalism" presumed in modern science? Methodological naturalism
  12. Does modern science undermine morality? Morality
  13. What are the standards for peer-reviewed scholarship? Peer review
  14. Is modern science is "socially constructed" and "forever tentative"? Postmodern
  15. What is the "idea of progress" and how does it relate to harmony between science and religion? Progress
  16. Is there a "royal road" to science and religion? Royal road
  17. What is "scientific materialism" and how does it enter into the science-religion discussion? Scientific materialism
  18. Is science based on secular humanism? Is secular humanism an entirely secular philosophy? Secular humanism
  19. In spite of all its scientific and technological progress, isn't society becoming more and more violent? Violence
  20. What is science? What is science?