Yesterday’s New York Times had a compelling story on Alvin Plantinga’s new book, Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism. One of the main differences between Reformed Epistemology and Presuppositionalism is that the former was content to play defense (it’s rational to believe in God) while the latter was always on offense (it is irrational not to believe in God).
I noticed a shift in the last few years, as Alvin Plantinga, the informal leader of Reformed Epistemology, began giving lectures that asserted that atheism is inherently irrational. His transition to offense now seems complete, as even the N.Y. Times acknowledges. I am excited to read Plantinga’s book, and I expect to find that he will make many of the same arguments that Van Til made, but with more tightly reasoned, analytical arguments. I will also remember to thank God for how much the church has learned from the Dutch.
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