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Alvin Plantinga

Författare till God, Freedom, and Evil

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Alvin Plantinga is John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.
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Verk av Alvin Plantinga

God, Freedom, and Evil (1974) 671 exemplar, 5 recensioner
Warranted Christian Belief (1999) 454 exemplar, 1 recension
Knowledge and Christian Belief (2015) 245 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Faith and Rationality: Reason and Belief in God (1983) — Redaktör — 244 exemplar
The Nature of Necessity (1974) 205 exemplar, 1 recension
Warrant and Proper Function (1993) 164 exemplar
Warrant: The Current Debate (1993) 147 exemplar, 1 recension
Knowledge of God (1994) 49 exemplar, 1 recension

Associerade verk

Western Philosophy: An Anthology (1996) — Författare, vissa utgåvor193 exemplar
Epistemology: An Anthology (2000) — Bidragsgivare — 189 exemplar
Behind the Text: History and Biblical Interpretation (2003) — Bidragsgivare — 149 exemplar
Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith (2010) — Bidragsgivare — 144 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Metaphysics: A Guide and Anthology (2004) — Bidragsgivare — 74 exemplar
God (Hackett Readings in Philosophy) (1996) — Bidragsgivare, vissa utgåvor60 exemplar
Christian Faith and the Problem of Evil (2004) — Bidragsgivare — 59 exemplar
The Augustinian Tradition (Philosophical Traditions) (1998) — Bidragsgivare — 47 exemplar
Persons: Human and Divine (2007) — Bidragsgivare — 37 exemplar
The Sheed and Ward Anthology of Catholic Philosophy (2005) — Bidragsgivare — 28 exemplar
Rationality and Religious Belief (1979) — Bidragsgivare — 24 exemplar
Divine Evil?: The Moral Character of the God of Abraham (2010) — Bidragsgivare — 19 exemplar
Christian Theism & the Problems of Philosophy (1990) — Bidragsgivare — 13 exemplar
Reading Philosophy of Religion (2010) — Bidragsgivare — 10 exemplar
Augustine and Science (2012) — Bidragsgivare — 6 exemplar


Allmänna fakta



Plantinga Reviews Sam Harris's Book i Let's Talk Religion (januari 2013)
Plantinga's defence of religion i Let's Talk Religion (september 2012)


I read this book seven years ago. If I had reviewed it then I would have given in five stars. I would have proudly gone into detail about the Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism. Today I am embarrassed that I ever considered such ideas as worth my time.

Plantinga accepts the story of evolution as true. That's his mistake. Since he is also a Christian he now has to rationalize his alleged belief in the Bible with his belief in evolution and the deep time supposedly needed to make it work. He does this with the notion of evolution being "guided" by some god giving the atheistic tale a theistic sugar-coating.

I will admit that philosophically some god could have guided evolution. That is, you could use that as an axiom grounding a philosophical fantasy land. However, no matter what some hypothetical god might have done, given the Bible, the Christian God did nothing of the sort. Just read Genesis.

What Plantinga's book shows is the success of evolution as an anti-theistic propaganda device. Even people professionally interested in analytic rationality, like him, have fallen for it.

Evolution is not science. There is no real scientific mechanism that takes us from nothing to something or from something to life -- or from pond scum to human beings.

It is like building a house of cards. The builder is a creator, a human being. The house falls under naturalistic processes identified by real scientists as gravity with a gust of wind perhaps coming through the door. No matter how much time you give those non-creative, mindless gusts of wind or gravity hoping they will one day go backwards and build the house of cards, they never will -- never.

However, that is precisely what evolution wants you to believe is possible. And that is what Plantinga is sugar-coating in this book with his deception that evolution could be "guided". Why would any self-respecting God guide naturalistic processes that do not exist?
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FrankHubeny | 6 andra recensioner | Oct 11, 2023 |
Simplesmente virei fã do Plantinga... Me identifiquei muito com o tom irônico que ele trouxe ao desenvolvimento destes temas complexos.
christ_s | 6 andra recensioner | Aug 5, 2022 |
To me, the Free Will Defense given here was lucid and convincing. I have not seen it better delineated than it is in this book.
The second half of the book was less interesting.
Shockleyy | 4 andra recensioner | Jun 6, 2021 |
This is a superb epistemological argument for the de jure (as opposed to de facto) validity of warranted Christian belief. Plantinga's main goal is to determine whether it is rational, intellectually acceptable, to hold Christian belief. Using a hybrid Aquinas/Calvin model, Plantinga defines what exactly he means by Christian belief (teaser: the crux of the model is what Calvin terms the sensus divinitatis). Turning to Freud and Marx on the other side, Plantinga distills all opposition to warranted theistic belief since Epicurus's eloquent paradox (what we call today the argument from evil) into two strains: fantasy or illusion that stems from our wish-fulfillment faculties; and external pressure (e.g. societal, parental, etc.). In 500 pages, this book covers more ground and turns more stones than any other book I've read, and uses a mix of analytical philosophy and dialectics. Before reading, I would get at least a working knowledge of probability calculus, Freud's FUTURE OF AN ILLUSION, Hume's ENQUIRY, Kant's PURE REASON, and the main positions of more contemporary individuals like Rorty, Dawkins, and Dennett. (Marx is unnecessary, as he didn't write much on religion, and most know the common quip about religion being the opiate of the people). After setting up the models of the sides of the arguments, the de jure question of warrant is raised in the context of Enlightenment, scientific reason, atheism, agnosticism, postmodernism, pluralism, and, as I said, the argument from evil. Through it all,
Plantinga hunts for defeaters to the stance that Christian belief does not imply lack of intellectual warrant. No matter one's position on the topic, this is a masterwork of scholarship worthy of careful reading and consideration. Yes, it will take quite some time and effort to work through, but it is the worth the journey.
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chrisvia | Apr 29, 2021 |



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