By Christopher McNerney, originally posted at the Center for Faith and Work.

In 2013, the philosopher Thomas Nagel rocked the discipline of philosophy with the release of his book, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False. Nagel, no friend of theism, argued “if the mental things arising from the minds of living things are a distinct realm of existence, then strictly physical theories about the origins of life, such as Darwinian theory, cannot be entirely correct.*” This argument sent shockwaves throughout academia with theists celebrating the fact that a well-known atheist had struck a deathblow to the theory of evolution, while the new atheists largely lamented this new writing from a brilliant mind that seemed to have gone astray from what every rational mind now knows to be true.

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