To quickly add another plank to the argument I’m mounting against Richard Dawkins, my friend and classmate, Tim DeHaut (, has agreed to let me post an excerpt from a philosophy of science paper he wrote:

“Specifically for our purposes, science will never solve the metaphysical problem of God. It cannot. The application of a materialistic sphere can never explain the sphere of God because it starts with different assumptions. The application of the sphere of science makes no sense to the application of metaphysical entities such as God because the paradigm, or sphere, of science does not account for such notions.”

In his paper, Tim borrows from the work of Thomas Kuhn, one of the world’s better-known philosophers of science. The argument basically comes down to this: on a point like the existence of God or the reasonableness of religous faith, science and religion will always be stuck talking past each other.

Why then can science “beat” religion when it comes to the debate between creationism and evolution? The answer, I think, is that when we’re talking about how the world got to be the way it is, we’re asking materialistic question. But when we’re talking about why the world exists, or what the purpose of life is, we’re asking spiritual questions. The former lead to fairly robust conclusions, while the latter are “settled” only to the extent we subjectively believe them to be.

Daniel Corbett