The split between creationism and evolutionism has been the cause of massive debate, which has increased in recent years. One side, led by Richard Dawkins, uses the theory of evolution to disprove the existence of God, while the other uses their belief in the existence of God to disprove the theory of evolution.
Speaking as part of the Sydney Ideas lecture series, Philosopher Elliott Sober argues that it is philosophically consistent to believe in both God AND evolution, and examines the religious views of Charles Darwin, and his late-in-life crisis of faith.
Professor Elliott Sober received his PhD in philosophy from Harvard University. He has taught at Stanford University and the London School of Economics, and is currently the Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In 2008 the American Philosophical Association named him the Prometheus Laureate. His latest book, Evidence and Evolution: The Logic behind the Science was published in 2008.
Professor of Philosophy Elliot Sober analyzes Charles Darwin's critique of religion and Christianity. Darwin's stance that an omnipotent God would not have been so evil, Sober argues, was shaped by the amount of cruel suffering the naturalist observed while in the field.