Q&A: Theology and Philosophy

David H. Bailey
02 Apr 2014 (c) 2014

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. What are the theological advantages to an evolutionary worldview? Advantages
  2. How should one view the "new atheist" literature? Atheists
  3. Are there benefits to religious belief and participation? Benefits
  4. Does the Bible allow for creation via an evolutionary process? Bible-creation
  5. Is the Bible inerrant? Bible-inerrant
  6. Can the Bible be read as a scientific textbook? Bible-science
  7. Is the big bang cosmology in conflict with Judeo-Christian theology? Big bang theology
  8. Can we take a 'cafeteria' approach to science and religion? Cafeteria
  9. Is there a conspiracy among scientists? Conspiracy
  10. Are there controversies among scientists? Controversies
  11. Is the scientific picture of an earth and biological species formed over several billion years in conflict with the Judeo-Christian Bible? Creation
  12. How do other scholars view Richard Dawkins' recent book The God Delusion? Dawkins
  13. Is God a Great Deceiver? Deceiver
  14. Is modern society in sharp decline? Decline
  15. Is science or religion to blame for the decline of modern society? Decline-blame
  16. Does modern science lead to a mechanistic, deterministic worldview that negates human free agency? Determinism
  17. The natural world is well known for being "red in tooth and claw." Are there any more elevating features, in keeping with the principles of Judeo-Christian theism? Elevating
  18. Is there a theology of evolution? Evolution-theology
  19. Can the existence of God be established by scientific experimentation? Is God a scientific hypothesis? God hypothesis
  20. Can (or should) God be found in the gaps of scientific knowledge? God of the gaps
  21. Is it true, as physicist Stephen Hawking and other scientists have claimed, that modern physics removes the need to believe in God? Hawking.
  22. Intelligent design writers argue that "methodological naturalism" underlies all of modern science. How do scientists respond? Methodological naturalism
  23. Does modern science repudiate miracles? Miracles
  24. Does modern science undermine morality? Morality
  25. Is the notion of a world and universe largely governed by comprehensible natural laws in conflict with Judeo-Christian theism? Natural law
  26. What are the standards for peer-reviewed scholarship? Peer review
  27. Certain postmodern scholars argue that all of modern science is "socially constructed," and that all scientific assertions are "forever tentative," with no claim to ultimate truth. How do scientists respond? Postmodern
  28. What is the "idea of progress" and how does it relate to harmony between science and religion? Progress
  29. Will religion just fade away? Religion fade away
  30. What do major religious leaders and denominations say about the "war" between science and religion? Religions
  31. Is there a "royal road" to science and religion? Royal road
  32. Does science have all the answers? Science answers
  33. What is "scientific materialism" and how does it enter into the science-religion discussion? Scientific materialism
  34. What do leading scientists and scientific societies say about the "war" between science and religion? Scientists
  35. What do major theologians say about the "war" between science and religion? Theologians.
  36. In spite of all its scientific and technological progress, isn't society becoming more and more violent? Violence.
  37. What is science? What is science?