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Science, Creation and the New Atheism

The doctrine of creation has nothing to do with how the world got started; whatever old-fashioned 19th century rationalists like Richard Dawkins might think.  This paper offers a less theologically illiterate account of the question, seeking to show that the doctrine of Creation is not an obstacle to autonomous scientific enquiry but what makes it possible.

Terry Eagleton was formerly Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford.  He also held chairs in Manchester, Lancaster and at the NUI.  He is the author of over 40 works of literary and cultural criticism, as well as a novel, a screenplay and a number of plays produced in Ireland and London.  Among his more recent books are Reason, Faith and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate and Culture and the Death of God.  He is a fellow of the British Academy, an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, and an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge.

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