Plantinga’s latest

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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3 responses to “Plantinga’s latest”

  1. I finished reading his new book two weeks ago and it was great! Whether you agree with it or not, do you suggest any good books that make a reasoned defense for the kind of evolution Plantinga holds to that are written by Christians? He assumes it to be true in his book (dosen’t specify in what way) but dosen’t give reasons why. I expected to see at least one chapter on it but nothing.

  2. mikewittmer


    I’m sure there are, but I don’t know offhand what the titles might be. I suspect that he believes the basic points of evolution, with the Christian caveats that the entire process was guided by God and that at some point God intervened in the crafting of homo divinus. So I gather that any basic evolutionary science book would do.

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